Methane emissions have lately been receiving a lot of awareness due to its strong contribution to global warming. Methane emissions are considered 34 times more potent compared to Carbon Dioxide over a 100-year period. Oil and Gas Facilities are considered to be one of the main contributors to methane emissions, accounting for about 30% of the world’s total methane emissions. Methane emissions from Oil and Gas facilities are expected to reach 125 BCF by 2025. This rising concern has led to the formation of groups such as the Oil and Gas Methane Partnership (OGMP), Oil and Gas Climate Initiative (OGCI) and the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) that work towards a common goal to address this issue.
AIE makes use of technical guidance from the OGMP, its in-house built staged approach to emissions reduction and its Veracity software to analyse our clients’ facilities, identify areas with significant methane emissions, optimize IR imaging inspection plans, identify cost saving opportunities and to trend and monitor the performance of any mitigation actions taken.
The methane emission detection and reduction (MEDR) service is divided into four stages:
A Desktop Study stage during which a facility is studied for the presence of core methane emission sources with reference to the OGMP technical guidance documents, an estimation of a facility’s potential methane emissions is quantified, and an IR imaging inspection plan is made based on system criticality.
A Site Validation stage where the IR imaging inspection plan is implemented along with actual quantification of methane emission rates. Quantifications made will be used to verify estimates made during the desktop study stage.
An Action Plan Development stage during which mitigation actions are identified and selected based on a cost-benefit analysis.
An Action Plan Close Out, Reporting & Management stage, during which inspection and monitoring plans identified are operationalized via the CMMS, KPIs are set and action items are monitored and reported via our software Veracity.