Gas flaring round-up: 27th August

  • FlareIntel was used in an article investigating flaring in Germany in Tagesspiegel. Our take on German flaring: From the satellite data, it appears most operators have relatively low gas flaring. There are no continuous or routine flares (that are above our detection limit).  Instead, the flares in Germany have flaring profiles likely associated with upset conditions or maintenance, which is part and parcel of downstream operations. What is interesting about flaring in Germany is that flaring on imported products (from Russia, Libya etc.) is high, and that some German operators (e.g. Wintershall) have large footprints in high flaring countries. 
  • A study by the EDF suggests that most flares in the Permian are unpermitted. Read more here. “The report compared permitting records from Texas regulators with flares witnessed on flights equipped with gas imaging cameras that were conducted by the Environmental Defense Fund. It found that of 227 flares observed, between 69% and 84% were likely unpermitted.”
  • Bloomberg is taking methane seriously, and driving awareness and transparency on the topic. They’ve published a series of articles on methane – including this one “Methane Hunters” with a on the Permian. Take a read!
  • FlareIntel was used in an article by Climate Home News investigating flaring in Qatar. Flaring has been coming down [in Qatar] over the last decade, substantially since early 2000s… but there some major source sources of flaring, the largest is North Dome field.”
A map of gas flares near Qatar. The ones in Qatar or its waters are in blue, other countries in orange