Super-emitters at Canadian Production Sites: From Measurements to Mitigation
Dr. Daniel Zavala-Araiza
Effectively mitigating methane emissions from oil and gas production infrastructure requires addressing the disproportionate influence of high-emitting sources. Across North America several studies have confirmed the presence of super-emitters: a subset of sites/facilities that are responsible for the majority of emissions. This talk presents results from a field study conducted in Alberta Canada in fall 2016, highlighting a set of ground-based measurements of methane emissions from production sites in the Red Deer Region (characterized by older natural gas production sites and light oil production). In this talk, I will discuss the presence of super-emitters, similarities with data collected in several US production basins, and implications for smart, effective mitigation of emissions.