Denmark's flaring has flown out of step with output

An excessive volume of gas has been burned from Denmark's fossil fuel rigs since 2010, leading to losses for both consumers and the state treasury.

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The scale of flaring – burning off natural gas at upstream facilities – has declined significantly since 2004, however, this decrease has not been in step with the decrease in extracted volumes of oil and gas in the Danish North Sea, show new figures from the Danish Energy Agency (DEA).

Flaring typically occurs when an operator is unable to transport the gas further down the value chain from its rig or when gas prices are so low that more profit can be made from burning the gas.

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