BP announced it will deploy continuous measurement of methane emissions in its future oil and gas processing projects.
Continuous measurement, including the use of such instruments as gas cloud imaging (GCI), will be introduced at all major BP projects worldwide. The technology has already been tested and installed in several facilities, including BP’s large natural gas Khazzan field in Oman.
The data generated from continuous measurement will help BP identify the greatest opportunities for the company to tackle methane emissions, drive efficiency and develop best practices. Delivering and improving on BP’s methane intensity strategy is necessary to reach a reduction of 0.2% in its Upstream operations.
The deployment of this technology represents a major change in the oil and gas industry’s approach to detecting, quantifying and reducing methane emissions.
Gordon Birrell, BP’s Chief Operating Officer for Production, Transformation and Carbon, said in a press release: “This programme represents an industry first and reflects our commitment to be a leader in advancing the energy transition by maximizing 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,” he continued.
In addition to continuous methane measurement, BP intends to take full advantage of new models and technologies such as drones, hand-held devices and multi-spectral flare combustion cameras.
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