This project was implemented to demonstrate and evaluate various technologies targeting four specific methane emissions sources found at small and remote oil and gas field facilities. The technology areas targeted were:
- Replacing natural gas-actuated chemical pumps with solar-powered pumps.
- Installing instrument air compressors to allow conversion of sites from natural gas-powered instruments and devices to air-actuated operation.
- Testing the performance of enclosed combustors to convert higher volume methane process vents to CO2 through enclosed controlled combustion.
- Using alternate methods of providing electrical power to sites that are remote from the existing power grid to reduce methane venting from various devices.
The goal of the work was to:
- Remove critical barriers to reducing methane emissions by filling a knowledge gap about cost effective, high-quality methane emissions reduction equipment.
- Provide neutral third-party information about the costs and performance of the various technologies to allow end-users to gain confidence to purchase and widely deploy methane emissions reduction equipment.
- To open the door for revenue for Alberta innovators and manufacturers to champion and market proven methane emissions reduction technologies in Canada and internationally.