Russia ‘burning off £8.4m worth of gas a day’ as Europe grapples with energy crisis | World News
According to the analysis, Russia is burning a large amount of natural gas that it would have previously exported to Germany through the Nord Stream 1 pipeline.
Experts at Norway-based Rystad Energy say satellite monitoring of radiant heat levels at a new liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility under construction near the Finnish border shows activity The movement has been going on since 11 July – and an estimated $10 million (£8.4 million) worth of gas is being burned every day.
The fire first broke out a few weeks ago when Finns noticed a large fire on the horizon on the Russian border.
Analysis by the independent energy research firm shows that about 4.34 million cubic meters of gas are being burned every day.
While the outbreak may have been part of a test procedure at the Portovaya LNG plant or a lack of coordination between different operational departments, experts say “the intensity and duration of the flare This continuity is pretty harsh”.
The Portovaya plant, located northwest of St Petersburg and scheduled to start up later this year, is near a compressor station at the head of the Nord Stream 1 undersea gas pipeline from Russia arrive Germany.
Offer is cut in 10 days in July while the main line was undergoing its annual maintenance, and while it was resumed, the gas flow was running at one-fifth of capacity.
Gazprom, Russia’s state-controlled energy company, cited faulty or delayed equipment as the main reason behind this.
Germany objected to this, saying it was an excuse and that Moscow was using gas as a weapon to repel Western pressure to invade Ukraine – fueling soaring prices and deepening the cost of living crisis before winter.
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Russia denies this and says Western sanctions are the reason for the high gas prices.
Scientists are also concerned about the amount of carbon dioxide and soot that the Portovaya LNG plant is generating.
Professor Matthew Johnson, from Carleton University in Canada, told the BBC: “Particular concern with outbreaks in arctic latitudes is the transport of black carbon emissions northward, where it is deposited on the ice. snow and significantly accelerates melting.
“Some highly cited estimates have suggested that flares are the primary source of black carbon deposition in the Arctic, and any increase in flares in this region is particularly unwelcome.”