The study combined multiple measurement methodologies – truck, OTM (stationary), and OGI (handheld) to compare and contrast methane emissions from sweet (H2S-free) and sour (H2S-bearing) heavy oil production sites in Lloydminister & Peace River, Alberta.
In sour developments, gases are carefully managed using control equipment. It’s here we expect methane benefits – because H2S and methane are co-emitted. The study found methane levels were around 3x lower in the sour development despite higher levels of oil production. Emissions were also improving annually, largely in response to tightening area-based air emissions regulation.
It’s clear oil and gas producers can successfully manage and reduce air emissions, while control regulation is supporting this downward trajectory in emissions.
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