​Canadian oil and gas associations launch ‘immense’ joint methane program

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Three major Canadian oil and gas industry associations have launched a new large-scale applied research project focused on methane leak detection, quantification and repair.

Described as “immense in scope,” the Fugitive Emissions Management Program Effectiveness Assessment (FEMP EA) project has funding support of over 400 oil and gas producers through Alberta Upstream Petroleum Research Fund.

The FEMP EA project was launched by Petroleum Technology Alliance Canada the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers and the Explorers and Producers Association of Canada this summer.

FEMP EA covers 2,500 square kilometres in the Red Deer region and includes participation from 30 producing companies and nearly 200 oil and gas facilities.

“This first-of-its-kind project is a remarkable step forward in enabling our industry to obtain accurate data to reduce its methane emissions by 45 per cent by 2025, through existing technologies made possible through PTAC initiatives,” PTAC president Soheil Asgarpour said in a statement.

Project objectives and design have been informed by a review of over 100 studies conducted by Stanford University. The project is expected to be completed in 12 months.