A large amount of methane has leaked from the damaged Nord Stream gas pipeline, scientists say

Update: 30.09.2022 14:11

Oslo – A large amount of methane, which is an important greenhouse gas, leaked into the air from the damaged Nord Stream gas pipeline. According to initial estimates, this is an amount comparable to the annual methane emissions of a city the size of Paris. She informed the observation network of greenhouse gas emissions ICOS about it today. According to Norwegian researchers, a methane cloud has formed over the damaged gas pipeline, which will probably move north in the coming days.

According to the ICOS center, due to the damage to the Nord Stream gas pipeline, “a huge amount of methane” was released into the air. The center deduces this from data from land-based measuring stations in Finland, Sweden and Norway.

According to center representative Alex Vermeulen, the exact amount of leaked methane cannot be determined. The “difficult meteorological conditions” in the area and the fact that methane is still leaking from the pipeline are to blame. However, according to the first estimates, the amount of gas leaked is comparable to the annual emissions of a city the size of Paris or a country comparable to Denmark.

The first calculation was published today by researchers from the Norwegian Institute for Atmospheric Research (Nilu). According to the records from the measuring stations, they estimated that 80,000 tons of methane got into the air from the gas pipeline. “We have never seen anything like this before,” researcher Cathrine Lundová Myhreová told NRK television.

“It is not dangerous for people. It is not a flammable gas at such a concentration,” said another researcher from the Norwegian institute, Stephen Matthew Platt. According to him, methane will move more north to Finland in the direction the wind blows.

Source: České noviny – hlavní události by www.ceskenoviny.cz.

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