Petrobras reduces gas flaring by 60 percent

At the World Gas Conference (WGC) held in Paris last week, Petrobras presented a program that reduced gas flaring by 60% in the last six years.

According to the company, the implemented program contributed to record 96.5% gas usage rate in its exploration and production activities in February 2015.

As presented by the program’s coordinator, Vitor Souza Lima, the Petrobras’ Gas Usage Optimization Program (POAG), under way since 2010 at its E&P area operational units in the South-Southeast region of Brazil, contributed decisively to this record. This initiative was the subject of a talk entitled “Reduction of Petrobras’ gas flaring.”

The company said that it is estimated that through this reduction in gas flaring, Petrobras will have avoided emitting nearly 23 million metric tons of CO2 into the atmosphere by the end of 2015.

Lima said: “The program’s aim is to increase natural gas usage in Petrobras’ E&P activities. As a consequence, we have cut our emissions considerably while increasing the gas supply in the market. Before POAG was started, half our greenhouse gas emissions came from gas flaring in our production activities. Flaring now accounts for one-sixth of these emissions.”

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