Methane Emissions Detection and Reduction
Methane, like CO2, is released from natural and man-made sources. Methane, while emitted in lower quantities than CO2, has a far higher Global Warming Potential – a ton of methane will absorb thirty-four times more thermal energy than a ton of carbon dioxide over a 100-year period. The main sources of man-made emissions are agricultural processes, waste and waste water treatment as well as leaks, fugitive emissions and vents from oil and gas processing facilities. It is estimated that methane contributes 10% – 20% of global greenhouse gas emissions.
Identifying and addressing emissions is recognized as a key element in reducing overall greenhouse gas emissions.
Major operators have recognized this opportunity and have committed to taking action to reduce their methane emissions. Within the oil and gas sector, nine core focus areas have been identified:
- Natural gas-driven pneumatic controllers and pumps
- Fugitive component and equipment leaks
- Centrifugal compressors with “wet” (oil) seals
- Reciprocating compressors rod seal/packing vents
- Glycol dehydrators
- Unstabilized hydrocarbon liquid storage tanks
- Well venting for liquids unloading
- Well venting/flaring during well completion for hydraulically fractured gas
- Casinghead gas venting
AIE has a dedicated service capability and expertise to help operators tackle methane emissions, from the detection and monitoring of emissions using infra-red imagery, to the development of options and feasibility studies for modifications and projects that reduce emissions.
We are an independent and objective organization that provides impartial advice via our cross-industry specialists as we bring years of experience and technology solutions from operating facilities across the globe to deliver a comprehensive service solution for our clients.