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Worldwide gas flaring down by 20%

08 November 2013

Global gas flaring has been reduced by 20% over the past six years, according to a representative of the international body responsible for reducing flaring. Fabrice Mosneron Dupin, an advisor at Global Gas Flaring Reduction (GGFR), told Pipeline ME that this is the equivalent of taking some 52 million cars off the road.

Dupin said a number of major gas flaring reduction projects had been launched recently, including the multi-billion dollar Angola LNG project, Basrah Gas Company in Iraq, Jetty Boil-off Gas in Qatar, and Anguille in Gabon, amongst many others.

GGFR is a World Bank-led partnership between governments and oil companies to reduce gas flaring around the world in a bid to save natural resources and the environment.

Referring specifically to the Middle East region and its progress in terms of flare reduction, Dupin said some countries in the region had been extremely successful, while others were still among the most prolific flarers. The latter were experiencing an increasing gas deficit, despite the huge reserves in the region, he said.

“All our partners have endorsed the GGFR Voluntary Standard and are therefore committed to no flaring in new projects, and to eliminate continuous production flaring unless there are no feasible alternatives. At this stage of the partnership, we are putting particular attention to developing robust gas markets that will enable greater utilisation of associated and non-associated gas, as well as increasing access to energy,” he added.

GGFR is facilitating the sharing of effective technologies and regulations, as well as creating synergies between governments and companies, and helping structure the gas value chain toward markets. With operators and governments becoming more conscious about the necessity to reduce their environmental footprint to the strict minimum, it is becoming increasingly important for companies to consider the value of this resource for the country and for local communities, while implementing flare reduction plans.

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