Methane Emissions Reduction

Streamlined Solutions to Methane Abatement

Save your facility money while reaching methane emission reduction goals

Methane Emissions Reduction (MER) helps Oil and Gas facilities in Alberta to identify, reduce, improve or eliminate methane waste through a collection of quick implementation measures and equipment upgrades. Methane emissions not only make a large impact on climate change but also lead to shorter equipment life, higher operating costs, and lower production costs. Our program helps pinpoint and resolve problem areas, saving your facility money and helping Alberta reach its methane reduction and compliance goals.

Who is eligible?

Oil and gas facility owners with production for all facilities operating within the Province of Alberta and not exceeding 40,000 BOE/day. Facilities defined as Large Final Emitters or facilities that have opted into the Carbon Competitiveness Incentive Regulation are not eligible.

Refer to Methane Emissions Reduction eligibility criteria for further details.

Available Upgrades

The Methane Emissions Reduction initiative has a variety of measures and improvements to help your facility reduce methane emissions and stay on track for emission compliance. Facilities that are not sure where to begin can take advantage of methane Baseline Opportunity Assessment (BOA) & Leak Detection and Repair (LDAR)* studies to identify problem areas and outline a path forward. Leak Detection and Repair (LDAR) is the quickest way to reduce methane emissions. Leaks throughout a facility can be identified, measured, and repaired within a short duration and/or in just one visit by a program ally while performing BOA. This streamlined approach can generate immediate savings for your facility and provide future potential improvement opportunities.

* BOA & LDAR Studies application intake will be closed on March 31, 2019. Per requirements outlined under the Engineering Guideline, all BOA & LDAR studies shall be completed within 30 days of pre-approval, and subsequent work order sign-off. As such, please note that the deadline for final BOA & LDAR report (Appendix A & B) submission is April 30, 2019. Applications will be considered according to availability of funds at the time of submission, on a first come first serve basis. Reports submitted after the deadline will not be considered for program incentives. 

Direct to Capital Applications:

Facilities that already have identified emission reduction measures can proceed with MER Direct to Capital (DTC) Applications. DTC Applications are initiated by a Program Ally or a Facility Owner as a single application which consists of two components: DTC Studies and DTC Projects. Both DTC Studies and DTC Projects are mandatory as part of the DTC Applications.

DTC Applications (consisting of Studies & Projects component) provide incentives to identify, quantify and implement MER eligible capital projects that reduce methane emissions and associated CO2e.  Potential DTC Projects methane emission reduction measures (ERM) include:

Capital Project – Methane ERM

Wellhead casing seal
Test and repair pressure safety valves
Glycol dehydration system: Reduce circulation rate and energy exchange pumps to electric
Vapour Recovery Unit (VRU)
Pneumatic injection pumps to solar or grid
Air/fuel ratio controls
Vent gas capture
High-efficiency boiler upgrade, Boiler Management System (BMS)
Pneumatic to electric (grid, solar, fuel cell) Retrofit
Pneumatic (fuel gas) to instrument air conversion
Compressor seal retrofits

 

Incentives

Refer to Methane Emissions Reduction Incentives Summary for further information on incentives offered.

Ready to get started?

If you’d like more information on how to take advantage of this program, please contact us.

Terms & Conditions

Eligibility

Frequently Asked Questions

Engineering Guidelines

BOA & LDAR Application

Appendix A – BOA LDAR Data Capture Template

Appendix B – BOA & LDAR Study Report Template

Join Our Network

Are you an Alberta engineering service firm or a contractor specializing in Oil and Gas facilities? Contact us to learn how to become a Methane Emissions Reduction program ally.

Learn more about our Program Allies Onboarding for Methane Emissions Reduction.

Learn more about the approved Methane Emissions Reduction Program Allies. 

FAST FACTS

Methane Emissions Reduction has a wide range of benefits for your facility including:

  • Increased product recovery
  • Extended equipment life
  • Decreased operating and maintenance costs
  • Increased production
  • Attainment of compliance goals