CLIMATE CHANGE EXPERTS PUZZLED OVER RUSSIA’S BURNING OF HUGE AMOUNTS OF GAS
August 26, 2022
A news analysis has said as Europe’s energy costs skyrocket, Russia is burning off large amounts of natural gas.
Experts say the gas would previously have been exported to Germany.
They say the plant near the border with Finland, is burning an estimated $10m (£8.4m) worth of gas every day.
Scientists are concerned about the large volumes of carbon dioxide and soot it is creating, which could exacerbate the melting of arctic ice.
The analysis by rystad energy indicates that around 4.34 million cubic metres of gas are being burned by the flare every day.
It is coming from a new liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant at Portovaya, north-west of St Petersburg. The first signs that something was awry came from finish citizens over the nearby border who spotted a large flame on the horizon earlier this summer.