News Release 2010-11-22

 

News Release 2010-11-22

News Release 2010-11-22 (NR2010-16)

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ERCB releases Alberta flaring and venting report

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Calgary, Alberta (Nov 22, 2010)… According to a new report released by the Energy Resources Conservation Board (ERCB), solution gas flaring in Alberta has been reduced by 80 per cent since 1996, and solution gas venting has been reduced by 53 per cent since 2000.

The ERCB report notes that, of the 13,738 million cubic metres of solution gas produced in 2009, 593 million were flared and vented compared to 687 million in 2008, a 13.7 per cent decrease.

The ERCB’s ST60B-2010: Upstream Petroleum Industry Flaring and Venting Report also indicates that in 2009, the upstream oil and gas industry conserved 95.8 per cent of all solution gas produced in Alberta last year for use or sale, rather than flaring and venting it.

Flaring of solution gas dropped 14.2 per cent in 2009. In total, 262 million cubic metres of solution gas were flared in 2009 compared to 306 million in 2008.

Venting of solution gas decreased 13.1 per cent in 2009. In total, 331 million cubic metres of solution gas were vented in 2009 compared to 381 million in 2008. These volumes are neither sufficient to keep a flare stack lit nor meet the ERCB’s economic test for conservation.

Flaring is the burning of natural gas that cannot be conserved. Venting is the release of natural gas into the atmosphere. Solution gas is natural gas produced in association with crude oil and bitumen production.

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For more information, please contact:

Darin Barter, ERCB Communications
Phone: 403-681-0946
E-mail: Darin.Barter@ercb.ca
Media line: 1-855-474-6356

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