Flared Gas

We have made significant efforts in the past few years to minimize the need for flaring hydrocarbons, including the use of enclosed burner units and additional safety precautions. Several of the initiatives discussed above specifically contribute to the reductions of flaring activity, including the following initiatives:

  • Starting in 2020, we use electric pumps on glycol dehydrators as part of our standard design, to reduce emissions that would be required to be combusted (flared).
  • Heated flash separators coupled with vapor recovery equipment are used on condensate-producing sites during flowback operations to reduce the need for flaring.

The table below shows the total quantity of hydrocarbons flared and their associated emissions from 2017 to 2019. The emissions from flaring increased with higher production until the initiatives were implemented in 2019.

Even with a 35-percent reduction in the amount of gas flared in 2019, emissions due to flaring as a percentage of total GHG emissions only decreased slightly because of the significant reductions achieved in relation to emissions stemming from several of our larger sources of GHG emissions, such as combustion, venting, and fugitive emissions.