The Sniffers has developed a methane accounting programme to help oil and gas asset owners achieve
effective methane emission reduction.
The programme determines how much methane is emitted per asset and across the entire chain from well to market. It reduces these methane emissions bearing sustainability in mind and reports audited data to all stakeholders in a credible way.
The programme, based on a ‘fit for purpose’ train of thought, takes the comprehensive approach towards continuous improvement of all emissions from all assets on the gas value chain. It considers all relevant technologies and protocols and provides a balance between sufficiently accurate emission figures and the cost of such a programme.
Bart Wauterickx, CEO, The Sniffers, says: ‘The programme consists of three key steps. First, we develop a fit-for-purpose methane programme together with the customer. It incorporates the right technologies and protocols for the methane situation at the site. Next, field emission surveys are executed. We start from a bottom-up inventory of all potentially emitting sources and generate accurate and reliable measurements.
‘The detailed figures and emission report are then assessed, leading to a stream of continuous improvement actions for a fine tuned programme for sustainable improvements. This is the third and final step in the program. The sustainable improvement programme can consist of adjusting measuring frequencies based on risk-based inspection approaches, continuous IoT sensor measurements or remote emission monitoring techniques,’ Wauterickx adds.
The methane accounting programme applies to all steps of the gas value chain and delivers tangible results. The detailed methane emission figures provide a tremendous insight into the environmental performance of the assets and in the opportunities for further improvement.
It allows customers to drive and prioritise remediation through maintenance projects and engineering changes. More opportunities become visible through peer-to-peer benchmarking against The Sniffers’ extensive emission database; best practices are revealed and areas for improvements become visible. This detailed action-oriented approach from The Sniffers’ methane accounting programme creates high awareness of the environmental impact of oil and gas installations. The programme also allows customers to identify the biggest opportunities for methane emission reduction and enables reliable communication of actual emission data to all stakeholders involved.