ABU DHABI, 31 October 2022 (WAM) — Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) today announced it has set a new upstream methane intensity target of 0.15% by 2025.

The new target is the lowest in the Middle East and strengthens ADNOC’s position as a leader in responsible production of low-carbon energy.

ADNOC’s 0.15% methane intensity target is supported by ADNOC through the Oil and Gas Methane Partnership 2.0 (OGMP 2.0), a multi-stakeholder initiative launched by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) and Climate and Clean Air. , which means it is ranked in the Gold Standard category. Union. It is the only comprehensive, measurement-based reporting framework for the global oil and gas industry that improves the accuracy and transparency of methane emissions reporting.

Abdulmunim Saif Al-Kindi, Executive Director, Human Resources, Technology and Enterprise Support Department, ADNOC said: , with tangible and positive consequences for our climate.

“ADNOC’s goal is to meet the projected growth in energy demand over the next few decades while simultaneously reducing methane intensity from our operational oil and gas assets. We will do this by investing heavily in technology, stepping up our commitment to responsible production and demonstrating our support for the UAE’s global methane pledge.”

The new target of 0.15% methane intensity reflects industry best practice. Industry best practice reports total upstream methane emissions from all upstream oil and gas assets in operation, and emission intensity is expressed as a percentage of total gas sold in the same upstream sector. is calculated as

The announcement of the 0.15% methane intensity target was made at UNEP’s 2022 International Methane Emissions Observatory (IMEO) on the opening day of the Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference (ADIPEC), one of the world’s largest energy industry events, held in Abu. ) was announced at the same time. Dabi.

Mark Radka, Chief of Energy and Climate Division at UNEP, said: ADNOC earned OGMP 2.0 Gold Standard status by submitting high quality data and a clear and robust plan to meet methane emissions targets. Reducing emissions of this powerful greenhouse gas is a critical short-term action to meet the climate goals of the Paris Agreement. ”

As part of its sustainability strategy, ADNOC plans to test and deploy state-of-the-art emissions detection and quantification technologies by 2023, enabling ADNOC to improve and continuously measure at the source level. allow it to migrate. Use the data to define baselines for further reductions and target reductions from key sources such as flaring, combustion and fugitive emissions.

At the same time, ADNOC will continue to reduce methane emissions using a flare gas recovery system and a regular leak detection and repair program. Use a handheld thermal camera to detect small leaks of leaking gas and prioritize your company’s repair program. ADNOC is also considering pilot technologies such as satellite monitoring and the deployment of drone-borne sensors to enhance monitoring of methane emissions.

Over 80 companies with assets on five continents, which account for the majority of the world’s oil and gas production, have joined the OGMP 2.0 partnership. Its members also include operators of natural gas transportation and distribution pipelines, gas storage capacity and LNG terminals. ADNOC has signed his OGMP 2.0 partnership in 2020.

Reducing methane is important for the energy transition given its high global warming potential compared to carbon dioxide. Methane emissions from the oil and gas sector come from a variety of business activities across the value chain, making it critical to identify, quantify and reduce these emissions and improve the necessary technological limits. According to the International Energy Agency, reducing methane emissions from oil and gas production is a cost-effective and safe way to reduce global warming as efforts continue to decarbonize the energy system. speed can be slowed down.

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