Artillery shells, mines and grenades are only a small part of dangerous explosives that prevented the work of laying the submarine power link from Lithuania to Sweden. Explosives were found in the Lithuanian territory during the work on the project. These explosives were neutralised by explosive ordnance disposal personnel of the Lithuanian Armed Forces. However, experts predict that more explosives might be discovered.
NordBalt cable laying ships
© Bendrovės archyvas

According to the statement issued by the Association for Prevention of War Legacy Threats (Karo Palikimo Grėsmės Prevencija), professionals have a few ideas on the origin of explosives. Most likely they are the legacy of the Second World War. If one of the explosives was to explode, it could cause damage to equipment, the cable or endanger people's lives.

Five members of the ordnance disposal team of the Lithuanian Armed Forces plan to finish their job by the end of August 2014.

The 450-kilometer 700-megawatt cable between Lithuania and Sweden, known as NordBalt, will be the third-longest submarine link in the world. The construction of the cable is planned to be completed by the end of 2015.

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