As Europe’s energy costs skyrocket, Russia is burning large quantities of natural gas. According to reports from the BBC, a plant located on the border with Finland would be burning gas for an estimated value of 10 million euros per day. Scientists are concerned about the large volumes of carbon dioxide and soot that are forming, which could accelerate the melting of Arctic ice.
An analysis by Rystad Energy indicates that approximately 4.34 million cubic meters of gas are burned every day at the Portovaya liquefied natural gas plant, northwest of St. Petersburg. The first signs that something was wrong came from Finnish citizens, who spotted a large flame on the horizon earlier this summer. Portovaya is located near a compressor station at the start of the Nordstream 1 pipeline which carries undersea gas to Germany. Among the hypotheses that would explain the fact of burning the gas, according to the technicians, there would be the reluctance to close the plant, whose subsequent reopening would be technically difficult and expensive or the difficulty in safely managing the large quantities of gas that were conveyed. in Nordstream 1.
Supplies through the pipeline have been cut since mid-July, with the Russians denouncing technical problems over the restriction due to the war in Ukraine. As of June, the researchers noted a significant increase in heat from the facility due to the combustion of natural gas. “I’ve never seen a liquefied gas plant ignite this much,” said Dr. Jessica McCarty, a satellite data expert at Miami University in Ohio. Starting in June, we have seen this huge peak which has remained high ever since. “