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Neptune, EDF finish study into methane emissions from UK offshore plant

2 November 2021

Privately-owned oil and gas producer Neptune Energy and the US Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) have completed a first-of-its-kind experiment measuring methane emissions on a working UK offshore platform.

Tackling methane is a key topic of discussion at the COP26 event in Glasgow. The oil and gas industry is focusing on ways to reduce operational emissions of the potent greenhouse gas.

They flew drones over the Neptune-operated Cygnus field in the UK Southern North Sea to test advanced methods for identifying and quantifying facility-level offshore methane emissions, and actions to reduce them. The results of the study will be published in a scientific peer-reviewed paper in 2022, Neptune said November 2.

A key objective was to establish an accurate, scientific benchmark for measuring total methane emissions within an offshore environment to help develop best-practice approaches for the wider upstream industry.

Neptune Energy’s VP Operations Europe, Pete Jones, said: “The abatement of methane emissions will be crucial in meeting the Paris Agreement goals and, given the short lifespan of methane emissions, we know that taking meaningful action today can bring positive results in as little as nine years. Neptune already has one of the lowest methane intensities in the sector, at 0.01%, compared with the industry average of 0.23%, and has set a target of net zero methane emissions by 2030.”

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