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2019 Flaring Issues, Solutions, and Technologies

HARC launched the Flaring Issues, Solutions and Technologies (FIST) 2019 project in late 2018 with the objective of evaluating the current state of technologies addressing flaring of natural gas at wells sites through a series of stakeholder workshops across the U.S. An update of HARC’s 2015 white paper, ‘Recommendations to Address Flaring Issues, Solutions and Technologies’ will be published in Fall, 2019. Through a series of workshops being held in Houston, Midland, Denver and Pennsylvania, we are exploring needs, opportunities and technologies, as well as some of the barriers for adaptation of flare mitigation processes. This project and material to be published is based upon work supported by the Department of Energy National Energy Technology Laboratory under Award Number DE-FE0031691.

The Flaring Issues, Solutions and Technologies (FIST) – 2019 project’s overall objective is to evaluate the current state of technologies addressing flaring of natural gas at well sites.

Within the project, HARC will:

  1. Hold a series of workshops to identify current most applicable practices to mitigate flaring and maximize the value of natural gas at the wellhead, as well as barriers that prevent these practices from being applied.
  2. Identify technologies that are currently being used as well as those being developed and determine their applicability to reduce emissions associated with production.
  3. Identify research, development and demonstration of technologies needed to further advance cost-effective solutions to boost domestic natural gas production and provide responsible stewardship of the environment throughout upstream and midstream.
  4. Identify recommendations related to research needs.
  5. Provide an updated White Paper that will identify policy barriers, as well as identify opportunities for research and development funding that would help reduce emissions from oil and gas operations, creating a return on these investments through royalties, taxes and jobs, recognizing there will be regional variances.

The workshops span across the major shale plays and centers of operations so that participants can explore specific needs and issues associated with operations related to monetizing natural gas at the wellhead.
Additional workshop objectives include:
• Determining the extent of flared/stranded gas in various basins
• Summarizing regulations regarding flaring
• Identifying/introducing proven technologies in use to address flaring and monetize gas at the wellhead

Information gathered throughout this project will result in an updated White Paper discussing cost-effective flare mitigation technologies, barriers for adaptation and other issues associated with flaring. This information will then be distributed through printed and electronic media for all stakeholders.

For more information, please contact:
Andra Wilcox, PI of the FIST-2019 Project
Research Scientist – Energy & Sustainability

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