LNG Emissions Are Ten Times Piped Gas

By Paul Homewood

More from the absurd Matt McGrath




Europe’s growing reliance on liquefied natural gas (LNG) is coming at a high environmental cost, new research shows.

LNG imports have soared in the wake of the Ukraine war which has limited piped supplies from Russia.

Analysis, seen by the BBC, shows that the production and transport of LNG causes up to ten times the carbon emissions compared to pipeline gas.

There are worries that the extra carbon could hamper efforts to rein in warming.

World leaders will meet in Egypt next week for the COP27 climate conference, amid concern that the war in Ukraine has distracted efforts to cut carbon.

In the UK and Europe, worries over energy supplies have seen an unprecedented uptick in imports of LNG, a liquefied version of natural gas.

Data shows that LNG cargo import volumes were up 65% in the first nine months of this year compared to 2021.

But according to new analysis by Norwegian research firm Rystad Energy, shared with the BBC, the making and shipping of liquid natural gas is extremely energy intensive.

To make it, fossil gas is cooled in giant fridges to -160C.

As the gas liquefies, it shrinks, and becomes six hundred times smaller, making it much easier to transport.

While the emissions from burning the gas are the same whether it’s piped or in liquid form, the extra energy involved in making and transporting the liquid is significant.

"For piped gas from Norway, we see around 7kg of CO2 per barrel, but for LNG imports into Europe, we estimate the average is over 70, so around 10 times lower for piped gas versus LNG," said Patrick King from Rystad.


I don’t think anybody outside of McGrath’s little circle of eco-loons give two hoots about how much carbon dioxide is being emitted. Instead they are worried about the price of energy and its availability.

Maybe the BBC should have supported fracking after all!



November 4, 2022 at 10:17AM

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