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BP Deploys Continuous Methane Measurement for New Major Oil & Gas Projects

Gasoil News - Published on Thu, 12 Sep 2019

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BP announced that it will deploy continuous measurement of methane emissions in its future BP-operated oil and gas processing projects as part of its ambitious programme to detect, measure and reduce methane emissions. Continuous measurement, including instruments such as gas cloud imaging, will be rolled out to all new major projects worldwide. The technology has also been tested and installed in existing facilities such as BP’s giant natural gas Khazzan field in Oman. It is a key part of BP’s wider and longer-term strategy to deploy a suite of complementary methane detecting techniques across new and existing facilities. The data generated will help BP identify the largest opportunities to tackle methane emissions, drive efficiency and develop best practice and is ultimately aimed at delivering and improving on BP’s methane intensity target of 0.2% from its Upstream operations.

The deployment of this technology represents a major step-change in the oil and gas industry’s approach to detecting, quantifying and reducing methane emissions. Historically, engineering calculations and emission factors have played an important part in quantifying emissions.

Mr Gordon Birrell, BP’s chief operating officer for production, transformation and carbon, said that “This programme represents an industry first and reflects our commitment to be a leader in advancing the energy transition by maximising the benefits of natural gas. For gas to play its fullest role in the energy transition, we have to keep it in the pipe. This new technology will help us do that by detecting methane emissions in real time. The faster and more accurately we can identify and measure leaks, the better we can respond and, informed by the data collected, work to prevent them.”

In addition to continuous methane measurement, BP is also aiming to make use of a network of complementary technology, including a new generation of drones, hand-held devices and multi-spectral flare combustion cameras – drawing upon scientific breakthroughs made in diverse fields, spanning healthcare, space exploration and defence.

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Thu, 12 Sep 2019
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