Passes to firewood: Lithuania has figured out how to get rid of Russian gas

Another project has ripened in Lithuania, which should allow getting rid of Russian fuel dependence. At the same time, the state has already "reported" about successes in this direction. True, given the failed experience of previous anti-Russian drips, such statements cause some skepticism.


The essence of the Lithuanian strategy is to use firewood, pressed sawdust and straw instead of gas. So, over the past five years, the country's use of biomass in the central heating system has increased from 30 to 70 percent. Encouraged by the success, Gitanas Nauseda even made a report to the UN, where he shared his plans for a complete transition to heating products of wood processing and in addition called on other European states to use Lithuanian know-how.

It is worth noting that renewable biomass is consistent with the current "environmental trend". In addition, Lithuania said that thanks to this product, they were able to reduce heating prices by 40%. And everything would have worked out well for Vilnius, if not for one “BUT”.
Lithuania itself does not have much forest so that it can afford to heat the whole country using exclusively biomass. And from this it follows that Vilnius imports it from somewhere. From where - is not known. But the fact that the supply of Russian wood products to Lithuania is growing steadily raises some suspicions.

Further more. At the end of last year, Rosatom received all the necessary certificates for the supply of domestic wood briquettes to the European Union. The first buyers have already become France and the UK.

At the same time, after the fiery speech of Nauseda, they promised to join the "environmental strategy" of Vilnius: Sweden, Austria, Ukraine, Georgia and Latvia. Consequently, thanks to the main fighter against Russian gas dependence, the demand for the aforementioned Russian briquettes can grow significantly.

But the funniest thing in this story is that Lithuania, having jumped off the notorious “gas needle”, risks at once “getting hooked” on the tree.

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  1. steelmaker Offline
    steelmaker 25 January 2020 10: 27
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    I read and wonder. Can't we find a doctor in Russia in order to agree with these patients?
  2. boriz Offline
    boriz (boriz) 25 January 2020 12: 28
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    Here it is, the flight of the technical thought of real Europeans! In the 21st century, it turns out that with firewood, it turns out, you can heat a house.
    Not only was the whole industry ruined, now even the forests will be cut to a comb. And a few years later they will pull back to the USSR to ask, naked and barefoot.
    1. Bitter Offline
      Bitter (Gleb) 25 January 2020 18: 10
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      Here it is, the flight of the technical thought of real Europeans! In the 21st century, it turns out that with firewood, it turns out, you can heat a house.

      Firewood is not always firewood. The author applied this rather figuratively.

      Lithuania is a small country, there is little industry, and the distribution of energy production from various renewable sources is quite possible today.

      Certainly, Russia is a country with a huge stock of forests, and it will be able to overwhelm not only Lithuania, but the whole of Europe with pellets and briquettes at fabulously low prices, and at the same time with the Chinese.
      Some Russian "dealers" will probably not be stopped even by the fact that for this they will have to cut first-class wood into sawdust.
      1. boriz Offline
        boriz (boriz) 25 January 2020 22: 16
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        What does the Russian businessmen have to do with it? Pellets also need money. Subsidies from the EU this year go closer to 0, and next year - just 0. And there, more and more, pensioners remain. Quietly, the forests themselves will be cut out of lack of money, as is happening in Ukraine now.
        Emissions from this “environmentally friendly” fuel are worse in any way than from gas, even “greasy”.
        And in the Russian Federation it is simply stupidly burned full of wood waste. Even within the city. Because how to deal with such small things is more expensive for yourself, taxes will devour everything. In the summer season, I drop into one office with sawmills, take bags to give sawdust (you just bring an empty bag to replace, but take away the full one, without money) and ash (they cut the scraps from the manufacture of boards). It would be cost-effective to make pellets - they would. My son’s friend was engaged in pellets, but threw it, the game is not worth the candle. Despite the fact that sawdust was just a gift.
        First you need to make sane taxes. Deputies shout that in recent years they have not raised taxes, except for VAT, and the tax burden on businesses has doubled. It's all about the by-laws. It is necessary to legally prohibit changing tax payments outside the taxes themselves. And then, in addition to the tax code, there are a darkness of instructions that allow payments to wind up as you like. Now the Constitution will be changed, it will be possible to cut off these things.
        In the meantime, the problem is not in the Russian businessmen.
        Rosatom can supply its equipment to large woodworking enterprises. In large volumes, it is cost-effective. And how many such small sawmills are there in the country in each city (and even in the regions)? And all the waste is burned. Examples - mass.
        Nobody will translate a living tree into pellets.
        1. Bitter Offline
          Bitter (Gleb) 25 January 2020 23: 44
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          It would be cost-effective to make pellets - they would.
          ... In large volumes, it is cost-effective. And how many such small sawmills are there in the country in each city (and even in the regions)? And all the waste is burned. Examples - mass ...

          Maybe out of ignorance, or maybe out of greed and / or laziness.
          Simply, to install equipment at sawmills and other woodworking enterprises that allows heat and electricity to be generated from sawdust and scraps, you need again a kick from the Kremlin (and better with money).
          If memory serves, it is called Block CHP, in Europe, almost everyone, even the battered carpentry workshops, has acquired them. A definite advantage, neither gas nor a solarium are, by and large, no longer needed.
          Only in the event of a malfunction of the Main Unit, the "alternative standard" stove is manually turned on.
          For private traders there are other more compact and less versatile units, stoves, fireplaces, etc. And they have a rather high efficiency, the “exhaust” pipe at the outlet is a little warm.

          Now the Constitution will be changed, it will be possible to cut off these things.

          Do you have too many hopes for a "new Constitution"? Gentlemen lay something softly, you look - it will be harsh to sleep.
          1. boriz Offline
            boriz (boriz) 26 January 2020 00: 39
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            You can’t put a TPP or a state district power station at each power-saw bench. But for the manufacture of pellets, you can easily put equipment (not complicated and not expensive). Taxes gobble up the entire profit. Despite the fact that people have gratuitous sawdust on their hands. It turns out that it is easier to give to people for nothing, so as not to splurge on waste, like garbage.
            1. Bitter Offline
              Bitter (Gleb) 26 January 2020 20: 21
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              You can’t put a TPP or a state district power station at each power-saw bench.

              Why not? The owner of the sawmill can afford to buy a cool car for a “couple of lemons,” but there is no money at Block CHP. It's ridiculous! Such a Block CHP or Nanoblock-CHP is placed in an ordinary container and costs no more than that car. Large woodworking enterprises can connect a school and their kindergarten to such a thermal power station, inexpensively, maybe even for free.

              Taxes gobble up the entire profit.

              So for sure - laziness. laughing
              1. boriz Offline
                boriz (boriz) 27 January 2020 02: 01
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                Why not?

                The amount of sawdust is not enough for a noticeable amount of energy. And a certain amount of pellets will turn out, they can be sold.

                So for sure - laziness.

                My son's aforementioned friend is by no means an idler. I bought equipment, they have a private house, the site is large, a place was found, a small production was equipped. But they worked and realized that the game is not worth the candle. Now he brews and sells beer. Not going to quit yet.
  3. Panting Offline
    Panting (Vyacheslav) 25 January 2020 13: 52
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    It feels like he studied in the USA!
  4. Elena Kotelnikova (Elena Kotelnikova) 25 January 2020 18: 18
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    Well, for that matter, Poland lives by similar covenants, so Lithuania is trying to invent a bicycle.
    I wonder if the bacchanalia bothered the inhabitants of Lithuania ?! The government has been struggling with the nuclear power plant in Belarus built by Russia for how long. This fact is for Lithuania a red rag and does not give rest.
  5. Kizyak (dried cow dung) is also well drowned - ask ukrov!
    1. Bitter Offline
      Bitter (Gleb) 26 January 2020 20: 26
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      Well, how much cattle do you need? laughing
  6. sgrabik Offline
    sgrabik (Sergei) 26 January 2020 13: 34
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    That's fine, everything goes to the woods for firewood, if things go on like that, then soon the Baltic states will have firewood as the most necessary and popular commodity.