The carbon footprint of Russian gas supplied to Europe via the Nord Stream gas pipeline is four times less than that of gas supplied to Europe from the United States. This was stated by Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak in response to a statement by US Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm that Russia is “the dirtiest form of natural gas on Earth.”
“Russian gas supplied to Europe via Nord Stream, according to various analytical and consulting agencies, has almost four times less carbon footprint per kWh than gas supplied to Europe from the United States,” said Mr Novak (quoted by Interfax).
The Deputy Prime Minister explained this by the fact that most of the gas in the United States is produced from shale rocks using hydraulic fracturing. According to Mr. Novak, Russia pays great attention to ensuring environmental leadership and supplying partners with clean energy.
Let us remind you that Ms. Granholm made a statement about the “dirtiest” Russian gas yesterday at a hearing in the US House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space and Technology. She stated that the US Department of Energy is against the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline. “One of the reasons, besides geopolitical issues related to Russia, that I consider this pipeline to be very dangerous, is that it transports the dirtiest form of natural gas on Earth,” the minister said.
Within the framework of the Nord Stream 2 project, two pipelines with a length of more than 1.2 thousand kilometers will be laid along the bottom of the Baltic Sea, each with a total capacity of 55 billion cubic meters. m per year. They will supply gas to Germany through the sea territories of Russia, Germany, Finland, Sweden and Denmark. The project is scheduled to be completed by the end of September 2021. Now the pipe is being laid by two Russian pipelayers – Akademik Chersky and Fortuna.
On May 22, the United States imposed sanctions on 13 Russian vessels and four companies involved in construction, but did not apply sanctions against the operator of the Nord Stream 2 AG project and its management.
For more information on sanctions against Russian vessels, see the Kommersant article “Nord Stream 2 was touched on a tangent.”