The AER was tasked with developing requirements to reduce methane emissions from upstream oil and gas operations by 45 per cent relative to 2014 levels by 2025 as part of the Government of Alberta’s Climate Leadership Plan , and as a result have released new requirements within Directive 060 and Directive 017. Emissions from fugitive sources are considered a major contributor to the oil and gas industry’s overall methane emissions, and this has been addressed in the updated Directive 060 with requirements for companies to develop a stringent Fugitive Emissions Management Plan (FEMP). Below is a summary of the main measures required within the FEMP:
- Manual 016: How to Develop a Fugitive Emissions Management Program has been released as a guide for industry in quantifying and reporting methane emissions and developing FEMP plans.
- Fugitive emissions surveys must be conducted at the frequency specified in table below, determined by facility subtype code:
- Individuals conducting fugitive emission surveys must be trained to use fugitive emissions survey equipment
- Equipment used to detect or quantify fugitive emissions must be operated, serviced, and calibrated to the manufacturer’s recommendations
- Sources of fugitive emissions must be eliminated within 24 hours of identification if they are causing off-lease odours, the result of a failed pilot or ignitor on a flare stack, or have the potential to cause safety
- All other sources of fugitive emissions must be addressed within 30 days unless any of the following applies:
-A major shutdown is required to complete the repair and there are no safety issues.
-The fugitive emissions, measured using US EPA Method 21, have a hydrocarbon concentration less than 10 000 ppm.
-The fugitive emissions are from surface casing vent flow or gas migration.
- The integrity of any repair needs to be confirmed within seven days of the component being brought back into service.
- The volume of fugitive emissions (m3) ,and the corresponding mass of methane emitted (kg) by facility ID must include in the annual methane emissions report required by Directive 060.
- Records have to be kept of all fugitive survey data for 4 years.
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If you have not had a fugitive emission survey completed at all your facilities in the last 3 months, we may be able to get funding for a one-time baseline assessment through Energy Efficiency Alberta through their Methane Emissions reduction program. As an Energy Efficiency Alberta program ally, Target can apply on your behalf to complete a comprehensive fugitive emissions assessment and equipment inventory at all your facilities and wellsites. If approved, Energy Efficiency Alberta will fund the assessment 100%.