Danish News Round-Up: Climate minister regrets gas situation

Dan Jørgensen unhappy with postponement of extraction from Tyra field

The resumed extraction of gas from the Tyra field in the Danish sector of the North Sea has been postponed and Dan Jørgensen, the climate minister, is not happy about it.

This is largely due to the instability of the gas market because of the War in Ukraine and the reliance on Russian gas.

The postponement of the resumption, from the summer of 2023 until the 2023-24 winter, is mainly a result of COVID-19 limiting the labour needed to finish a new platform – which is being developed in Indonesia.

Domino effect
In 2021, Denmark used 2.15 million cubic metres of gas and, with Tyra out of play, Denmark will have to import gas equal to 75 percent of this annual use.

Furthermore, when Tyra is up and running again, Denmark will be able to export gas to other countries in Europe.

Many countries are already limiting their gas use. For example, Spain has implemented a law that does not allow the temperatures in buildings to be too high or low until November 2023, and its PM has stopped wearing a tie to encourage others in stifling offices to do the same.

Hundreds of pigs caught in fire
Some 1,400 pigs were caught in a stable as a fire broke out in Ålkær in southern Jutland on Wednesday. Many of the pigs have been put down, as scores of veterinarians arrived at the scene to help with the euthanisation. The source of the fire has yet to be identified. An investigation is pending.  

Border control criticism from Germany
The long traffic queues at the border controls between Germany and Denmark has prompted much criticism from those travelling from the south, as well as the local German authorities. The tourism minister, Claus Ruhe Madsen, has conceded that the handling of the situation is disappointing after personally experiencing a hold-up at the border over the weekend.

Troll finds new home
Ivan Evigvårs, a troll made out of recycled materials by Thomas Dambo, will be moved from Sydhavn in Copenhagen to Mariager in north Jutland after 18,000 people voted online for the town to win. A large group of children and members of CittaSlow, an organisation inspired by the slow food movement, gathered as the news was announced. It is believed the troll will be a great tourist attraction for the small town.

Danish Defence demanding compensation from Spanish supplier
Danish Defence is taking legal action against Spanish arms supplier Expal. The lawsuit, launched with the help of law firm Poul Schmith, is a result of Expal suddenly stopping its delivery of ammunition in the summer of 2021. Danish Defence had an agreement with the Spanish company for seven years. It is seeking compensation to cover the expense of buying extra ammunition from other suppliers.

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