ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOUSE, ALBERTA (June 10, 2019) — The Petroleum Technology Alliance Canada (PTAC), the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER), and the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) are pleased to announce the launch of the Alberta Methane Field Challenge (AMFC).

The brainchild of the Alberta Upstream Petroleum Research Fund (AUPRF) and its methane committee, AMFC’s aim is to assess the real-world performance of new methane sensing technologies in comparison with conventional optical gas imaging-based leak detection surveys. Over the course of six weeks, new technologies will be tested in the hopes of delivering cost-effective methane emission detection and quantification technologies.

Following a thorough application and selection process, exiting and innovative new technologies were selected to field test alternative methods to the standards currently employed for methane emissions detection and quantification.

Proving expert, technical oversight to the research project includes Davis Safety Consulting, Harrisburg University, the University of Calgary, Cap-Op Energy, and DXD Consulting.

Data from the research project will be released late 2019.

About PTAC

Petroleum Technology Alliance Canada is a Canadian hydrocarbon industry association that serves as a neutral non-profit facilitator of collaborative R&D and technology development, and operates in partnership with all industry stakeholders to transform challenges into opportunities. By effectively leveraging financial resources and technical expertise through our proven model, PTAC has been able to able to support collaborative networks which advance innovative R&D and technology development projects, that address pertinent industry challenges through activities which reduce costs, improve operational efficiencies, enhance environmental stewardship, advance regulatory development, and provide our industry with the social license to operate.


The Alberta Upstream Petroleum Research Fund (AUPRF) is an industry-sponsored fund supported by the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) and the Explorers and Producers Association of Canada (EPAC). The AUPRF Fund is managed and administered through PTAC Petroleum Technology Alliance Canada.   PTAC is a neutral facilitator of multi-stakeholder industry research and technology development projects. This fund supports applied, peer-reviewed research that increases knowledge, assists in decision-making, and develops solutions to industry environment, health and safety/social issues. The science supporting AUPRF projects is based on independent, peer-reviewed research performed by consultants and university and government scientists.  The reports arising from this research are thorough and objective. They identify required improvements as well as practical cost-effective solutions.

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