Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Oil and Gas Operations

Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Oil and Gas Operations

Greenhouse gases are a driver of climate change but not all greenhouse gases are the same. Methane, which is released from natural gas and oil well pads, landfills, and other sources, is twenty times more potent than carbon dioxide. Targeting sources of methane leaks is a worthwhile climate change objective and one that is being codified into U.S. regulations and law.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency introduced new source performance standards to reduce methane emissions from oil and natural gas operations in November 2021. These proposed regulations seek to reduce methane emissions from tanks and compressors by 95%. More recently, in May 2022, the Government Accounting Office recommended that EPA provide greater flexibility to operators to use alternative technologies to detect methane emissions, including fixed, continuous monitoring devices. Finally, in August 2022, the U.S. Congress passed a sweeping piece of climate legislation that includes a new fee on methane emissions from oil and gas operations.

Together, these developments point to the need for a flexible solution for oil and gas operations to measure and mitigate methane emissions. The Machfu gateway and cloud platform is a reliable and cost-effective solution that is easily deployed and integrated into existing oil and gas infrastructure. Machfu’s methane monitoring platform includes an integrated dashboard for emission display and statistics, site mapping for emissions, and other reporting features that help oil and gas operators comply with new regulations and legislation while reducing emissions of a potent greenhouse gas.

Pad measurement points are indicated on a sample wellpad

For example, a pad with five wells would need approximately eight sensors per well. These sensors would be installed in places like wellheads, pumping units, compressors, and key valves. The total cost for the sensors plus Machfu gateway, monitoring service and upkeep is just $8 per well per day. Using this approach, operators will avoid the hefty fines and fees associated with methane emissions in the upcoming regulations and legislation.

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