Outcry against routine North Sea flaring has Danish climate minister vowing action

Supporting and opposing parties alike are eager to introduce a ban on routine flaring following scathing criticism against the practice. In a written response, the Danish Minister of Climate, Energy and Utilities calls TotalEnergies' use of routine flaring "unacceptable".

The gas accompanying the oil produced at the Halfdan field is transferred to the Gorm field where it gets flared off. | Photo: Total

A ban should be imposed on flaring off unwanted gas in the Danish part of the North Sea, according to the government's three supporting parties.

This comes in the wake of EnergyWatch's revelations that French oil company TotalEnergies is employing this practice – known as routine flaring – at the Gorm field, where gas volumes extracted at the Halfdan field are flared off because the facility is incapable of handling the gas any other way.

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