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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’ is now available as a result of this project.

Through a series of workshops held in Houston, Midland, Denver and Pennsylvania, we explored needs, opportunities and technologies, as well as some of the barriers for adaptation of flare mitigation processes. This project and updated paper 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 was to evaluate the current state of technologies addressing flaring of natural gas at well sites.

Within the project, HARC:

  1. Held 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. Identified technologies currently being used as well as those being developed and determined their applicability to reduce emissions associated with production.
  3. Identified 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. Identified recommendations related to research needs.
  5. Provided an updated White Paper to identify barriers and opportunities for research and development funding that could 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 spanned across the major shale plays and centers of operations so that participants could explore specific needs and issues associated with operations related to monetizing natural gas at the wellhead.

Additional workshop objectives included:
• 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 contributed to the updated White Paper discussing cost-effective flare mitigation technologies, barriers for adaptation and other issues associated with flaring. This report is available for download at the links below:

Recommendations to Address Flaring Issues, Solutions and Technologies - Updated 2019

Workshop Presentations
Technology Table

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

This report was prepared as an account of work sponsored by an agency of the United States Government. Neither the United States Government nor any agency thereof, nor any of their employees, makes any warranty, express or implied, or assumes any legal liability or responsibility for the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of any information, apparatus, product, or process disclosed, or represents that its use would not infringe privately owned rights. Reference herein to any specific commercial product, process, or service by trade name, trademark, manufacturer, or otherwise does not necessarily constitute or imply its endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by the United States Government or any agency thereof. The views and opinions of authors expressed herein do not necessarily state or reflect those of the United States Government or any agency thereof.

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