TotalEnergies intentionally flares off large quantities of oil in Danish part of North Sea

The oil giant routinely disposes of natural gas from a Danish oil field even though the Danish Energy Agency deems this "inconsistent with the provisions in the established permissions." The agency criticizes the French oil major, which is unable to solve the issue until next spring at the earliest.

Photo: Magnus Holm/Politiken/Ritzau Scanpix

Oil major TotalEnergies, which is the by far the dominant operator in the Danish part of the North Sea, routinely turns to the energy-squandering and climate adverse practice known as routine flaring in the Gorm field. This is evident from new information obtained by EnergyWatch.

The natural gas is exported from the Halfdan field to Gorm where it is burned off. Instead of recirculating, utilizing or selling the fossil gas, it is flared into the atmosphere due to the Gorm facility being unable to handle the unwanted gas.

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