BP Completes North Sea Drone Methane Monitoring Pilot
The pilot used sensor technology originally deployed by NASA for the Mars Curiosity Rover to collect methane emissions data live-streamed from a drone. BP said it plans to deploy the technology to all of its North Sea assets, including ETAP and Glen Lyon, in 2020.
Is Optical Gas Imaging the New Solution for Methane Detection?
Thermal imaging helps operators maintain regulatory compliance on methane-emissions requirements. Optical gas imaging technology may be an answer in allowing for faster, more efficient inspections, but there are hurdles to its adoption. How can its widespread use become a reality?
EPA Proposes Relaxed Methane Emissions Regulations
The proposal would rollback requirements for testing and fixing fugitive methane leaks in oil and gas operations. It would save millions in regulatory costs, but the estimated increase in methane emissions is controversial.
Program Aims To Slash Cost of Methane Sensor Systems
A US-government-sponsored program is putting new methane leak detection systems to the test with a goal of achieving functionality costs of $3,000/year/wellsite while hitting stringent performance criteria.
Stanford/EDF Launch Mobile Monitoring Challenge With ExxonMobil as a Tech Adviser
The Stanford University and Environmental Defense Fund launched a challenge for mobile methane leak monitoring technology. ExxonMobil will serve as a technical adviser.
ExxonMobil Expands Methane Emissions Reduction Program
ExxonMobil announced an enhanced program to reduce methane emissions from its production and midstream facilities across the US. The program includes a commitment to switch out more than 1,000 high-bleed pneumatic devices over 3 years.
Who's Minding the Methane? Federal Emissions Rules in Flux, States and Industry Take the Reins
Although a federal court temporarily thwarted EPA’s suspension of methane emissions regulations in early July, several states have formed an alliance to keep the ball rolling, and EPA’s most recent data show the industry has made significant strides in decreasing these emissions.
New EPA Regulations Issued To Curb Methane and VOC Emissions
The US EPA’s 2016 New Source Performance Standards updated the 2012 standards by adding requirements for the industry to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, specifically methane. The 2016 NSPS also covers hydraulically fractured oil wells and production, processing, transmission and storage activities.
CO2 Capture and Usage: Harnessing the CO2 Content in Natural Gas for Environmental and Economic Gains
The deployment of appropriate CO2-separation technologies for natural gas processing is viewed as an abatement measure toward global CO2-emissions reduction. Selection of the optimum technology requires special attentiion.
New EPA Regulation Offers Opportunities for Emissions of Waste Gas
A new federal air quality rule from the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) could affect how the oil and gas industry handles waste gas emissions.
Pneumatic Controllers in Upstream Oil and Gas
Natural-gas-actuated pneumatic-control equipment has recently become a focus area for regulators trying to reduce the quantity of actual pollutants and greenhouse gases released to the atmosphere.
Energy-Efficient Technologies for Reduction of Offshore CO2 Emissions
This paper discusses novel technologies for increasing the energy efficiency of offshore oil and gas platforms. Three case studies are in progress that are based on actual oil-producing platforms—two on the Norwegian Continental Shelf (NCS) and one in the Brazilian basin.
Flare-Gas Recovery in Tunisia—From Liability to Value
This paper describes the project evolution, from the first study to the implementable concept of energy production using the associated gas of two onshore facilities in Tunisia. Despite complex composition, high CO2, high H2S, and relatively low quantities, a solution was developed successfully.
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