At an estimated 310 MtCO2, routine and non-routine gas flaring is one of the largest and most pervasive sources of upstream CO2, accounting for ~30% of all upstream emissions globally. During oil production, associated gas is produced from the reservoir together with the oil. Much of this gas is utilised, but excess gas is flared because of technical, regulatory, or economic constraints. Understanding the source is a key step in minimising the flaring of excess gas.
If unwanted gas is produced unexpectedly from targeted or non-targeted formation layers, it may be possible to shut this off if the source can be precisely located. Conventional well diagnostics can locate where gas is entering the wellbore, but not always the true source. TGT’s True Flow and Seal Integrity products can identify the primary source and pathways of unwanted gas from formations beyond the wellbore, even behind casing. This can lead the way to stopping the gas and its associated flaring.