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Germany Laments: Russia Burning ‘Vast Amounts’ of Gas While Cutting Supply to Europe

Germany Laments: Russia Burning ‘Vast Amounts’ of Gas While Cutting Supply to Europe

“Satellite images of the Portovaya compression station show a huge flare as large amounts of gas are burned off.”

Russia is burning off massive amounts of natural gas while continuing to cut down on supplies to Europe, the German public broadcaster Deutsche Welle revealed on Friday.

According to the German broadcaster, satellite images show that Russians are burning “unusually high” amount of natural gas which would have otherwise been fed to the Nord Stream 1, the main supply pipeline to Germany.

The Russian state-owned suppliers have been doing this for months, during which they have been slashing gas exports to Europe, claiming maintenance issues and unexpected repair work, the broadcaster added.

Germany’s Deutsche Welle reported:

Russia has been wasting vast amounts of natural gas while cutting its supplies to Europe, analysts from the Norwegian energy consultancy Rystad Energy revealed on Friday.

Satellite images of the Portovaya compression station show a huge flare as large amounts of gas are burned off.

The facility is close to the border with Finland and is part of the network that feeds the Nord Stream 1 pipeline bringing gas into Germany. Flows through the pipeline have been reduced to just 20% of its capacity.

“Exact flaring volume levels are hard to quantify but are believed to be at levels of around 4.34 million cubic meters per day,” the consultancy said, adding that the figure “equates to 1.6 billion cubic meters on an annualized basis.”

Burning off some gas or oil — known as flaring — is a common practice, but the level being recorded is unusually high.

It was first reported in Finland earlier in the month. Gazprom, the Russian energy giant, may have been burning off €1,000-worth ($998.70) of gas per hour for the past two months, according to Esa Vakkilainen, a professor at LUT University.

The news comes as ordinary Germans are being told by their government to take cold showers and turn down the heating as gas prices shoot through the roof. German politicians fears that Moscow could permanently stop their gas supply, causing massive disruption in the country’s commercial and industrial activities.

The German media also complained about the greenhouse gas emissions the Kremlin was causing by burning off the natural gas, But its is unlikely that Putin gives a damn about the Russian carbon footprint as he wages a bloody war of aggression and redraws the map of Europe.

Why Nord Stream 1 Matters

The cutting of the Russia gas supply via Nord Stream 1 is a really bad news for Berlin. The 700-mile Baltic Sea pipeline is the lifeline of the German economy.

Explaining the vital importance of pipeline, the German weekly Der Spiegel noted that “Europeans, and Germans in particular, risk running out of gas in the winter if supplies through Nord Stream, the pipeline that delivers gas directly from Russia to Germany, don’t increase again.”

The Russian measures are already beginning to hurt Germany. The drop in gas supply has slowed down the country’s economic growth, German media reports say.

Under Chancellor Angela Merkel’s watch, the German industry got hooked on cheap Russian gas. Before Putin launched the invasion of Ukraine in late February, Russia was supplying 40 percent of Europe’s gas, and Germany was its best customer.

In her last years in office, Chancellor Merkel rolled out a massive energy transition program (Die Energiewende), to wean Germany away from ‘evil’ Climate Change-causing oil and coal, but invested billions in undersea pipeline projects designed to connect Russia gas fields to the German energy grid. Today, as Putin slashes gas supplies, German politicians are coming to realize that you can’t run a nation’s economy on wind mills and solar panels.

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“Gazprom, the Russian energy giant, may have been burning off €1,000-worth ($998.70) of gas per hour for the past two months,”

This is a lot?

    That’s enough for Biden to forgive three people’s loans!

    Or, uh, 24k per day x 60 days, so 72 people. That’s about how many people would drop out of each of my 100-level classes after getting their pell grants.

      MrPeabody in reply to tk. | August 27, 2022 at 2:28 pm

      It is estimated that in Germany, around 11 million tonnes of food waste are generated every year. If food waste in private households were reduced by 50 it would have a significant impact on the German economy.

      But you don’t see Russia complaining about Germany’s food waste so why is Germany complaining about Russia wasting it’s resources?

      Oh I see, it’s because they want what Russia has. Well, they should’ve thought about that before imposing massive sanctions.

      gonzotx in reply to tk. | August 27, 2022 at 4:06 pm

      Pell grants are like 7,000 a semester and it is scammed by the minorities

      Ridiculous

The Gentle Grizzly | August 27, 2022 at 2:17 pm

What’s to lament? It’s their gas.

I wonder if they’ll learn anything about energy independence.

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Oh, and President Trump told you.

But…but…what about windmills? (sarc)

Seems like the collective IQ of Germany has been steadily and rapidly declining for decades under their socialist overlords.

Pull the plug on all of your nuclear power plants and burn those bridges so there is no easy way to turn back. Then start generating a large portion of your electric power burning natural gas you must buy from Putin. Then impose draconian sanctions on Putin.

Guess what happens next.

That’s right. Putin cuts off your natural gas. He has lots to spare and many alternative customers. And then your 21st century population must start burning wood again to heat their homes over the winter. Just like in 19th century. Progress!

Looks like Irish peat bogs are going to be popular this winter. The Greenies always wanted to go back to pre-industrial days.

    Eric R. in reply to Oracle. | August 28, 2022 at 8:20 am

    The Greenies actually oppose the burning of peat as they consider it non-renewable. Peat is actually burned in the production of some high-end Scotch whisky and the Watermelons are trying to stop it.

Germany invested in Green/renewable/intermittent/unreliable energy, divested from green/renewable/consistent/reliable energy, then chose to wield a double-edged scalpel in a Spring, now summer, with fall soon to come. A baby, if she is wanted.

Here is an excellent time for the Germans to relive a moment in history…..Stalingrad. Bitter cold..check. Little food..check. No one to save them…check. And…as icing on the cake… all done at the hands of the Russians…double check and mate.

If only Biden hadn’t scuttled the Jewish pipeline through Turkey!!

“Russia is burning off massive amounts of natural gas while continuing to cut down on supplies to Europe”

That’s Russia telling Europe, “Ba-con.”

Alex deWynter | August 27, 2022 at 6:16 pm

If this revives the EastMed Israel-Greece pipeline, that’s a silver lining. No way it could be finished by this winter, though, so cold days ahead for Germany and the EU.

For decades, Germany continued doing business with Iran and other terror States, including supplying them with everything necessary to become nuclear powers.

This includes Russia – during the current war in Ukraine Germany and France found some loophole that supposedly allowed them to continue selling weapons to Russia.

Which, they did.

So, seeing them getting screwed by Russia lile this – doesn’t phase me one bit. Germany is an ally in name only, worse tgan useless, and I’m dine funding their national defense too.

    Barry in reply to Aarradin. | August 28, 2022 at 1:48 am

    x1000

    diver64 in reply to Aarradin. | August 28, 2022 at 7:00 am

    I was done with funding governments that could take care of themselves 30yrs ago. These European countries built socialist heavens on the back of America at the same time berating us for how stupid we are. The heck with them. All American troops out of Europe.

Wow, I’m old enough to remember Germans laughing and mocking Trump when Trump warned them not to rely on Russia to that extent. It’s almost like supply and demand is a thing when dealing with unsavory characters that will use it as a weapon.
Seriously, I’m a little stunned by the caterwauling by the Europeans. You guys sanctioned Russia in an attempt to bankrupt them and are now surprised when Russia isn’t just playing along?

The most humiliating part for the Europeans is that to make up part of the shortfall, they are buying gas from Israel.

To the Europeans, the idea of getting help from the Jews must feel so humiliating that they probably have an urge to commit mass suicide.

BierceAmbrose | August 29, 2022 at 4:15 pm

Perhaps they should dissolve the world at large, and elect another, more congenial. Oh, wait, Germany tried that a couple times. Didn’t work, but at least made a mess in the meanwhile.

Nevermind.