Special Report: Study comparison reveals methane-emissions reduction opportunities in gas processing

Two studies have identified major sources of methane emissions in the natural gas processing industry.This article identifies significant methane-emissions reduction opportunities, how these opportunities are evident from the two studies, and what these studies say about methane emissions from gas processing plants.One study, published in 1996, was by the US Environmental Protection Agency and the Gas Research Institute (GRI, now the Gas Technology Institute, or GTI), Des Plaines, Ill.1 The second, published in 2002 by Clearstone Engineering Ltd., Calgary, and EPA,2 was based on methane emissions from four gas processing plants.Concurrently, several economic methane-emission reduction opt...

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