BRIEFING SEPTEMBER 2023 NORWAY’S ELECTRIFICATION OF MELKØYA GAS PLANT - THE PERFECT STORM OF CLIMATE INJUSTICE
6 September 2023
Climate bomb in the Arctic: Another slap in the face for Sámi rights: Electrification locks in gas production in The Norwegian government has still not the Arctic, and prolongs the lifespan of followed up on a Supreme Court the Melkøya liquid natural gas (LNG) judgement from 2021 that found a plant for 20 years. [...] This reduction comes from displacing gas with In the approval of the updated plan for electricity to run the compressors at the development and operation for the Snøhvit LNG plant and producing that electricity field and Melkøya LNG, the terms set by the with renewable energy. [...] Another slap in the face for Sámi rights: The gas from the Snøhvit field is sent through Finnmark, despite the clear message from a pipeline from the Barents Sea to the the affected Sámi districts. [...] approval to the proposed new power line on the basis of the consequences for Sámi Furthermore, the project gives the go-ahead interests and without the consent of the for more energy production on Sámi lands in affected reindeer herding districts. [...] The phase-out should be based on principles of equity and should follow the timelines from the 2022 study by the Tyndall Centre at Manchester University.¹⁶ That would entail that the production is reduced by 74% by 2030, and the production is completely ended by 2034.