GGFR: Seven countries burn two-thirds of the world's associated gas
Iraq, Iran, USA, Russia, Algeria, Venezuela and Nigeria remain among the leading gas flaring countries in the world. This is evidenced by satellite data compiled by the World Bank's Global Gas Flaring Reduction (GGFR)
These seven countries produce 40% of the world's oil. Moreover, they account for about two-thirds (65%) of gas combustion. Moreover, different countries cannot yet solve this problem for various reasons.
For example, in the United States there are thousands of separate flare pads that are difficult to connect to pipelines. At the same time, there are only a few oil fields in Eastern Siberia with a high level of flaring. But they are too far from any gas pipelines. And they do not have their own infrastructure for collecting and transporting associated gas.
This practice results in the release of pollutants into the atmosphere, including carbon dioxide, methane and black carbon (soot). Moreover, methane emissions are 80 times more harmful to the climate than CO2 emissions.
“Following the COVID-19 pandemic, oil-dependent developing countries are facing financial difficulties. And therefore they are increasing production. But since gas flaring still generates more than 400 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent per year, it is time to act, ” noted GGFR CEO Demetrios Papatanasiou.
emissions in the oil and gas sector. Including, as a result of associated gas flaring, ”added Papatanasiu.
GGFR brings together dozens of countries and oil companies
“Nearly 80 governments and oil companies have pledged to phase out flaring for the next decade,” says Zubin Bamji, program manager for the GGFR Partnership Trust Fund. – However, projects to reduce the flaring of associated gas require significant investments. And several years to get results. ”
GGFR is a trust fund and partnership of governments, oil companies and multilateral organizations. They are all working to end gas flaring at oil production sites.
The GGFR, in collaboration with the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Colorado School of Mines, developed a flaring rating system based on observations from two satellites. Advanced sensors on these satellites respond to the temperature of the gas flares. And thus they discover their presence in the oil fields of the world. : ///
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