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.

Direct to Capital Studies and Projects

Facilities can proceed to Direct to Capital (DTC) Studies or Projects.  DTC Studies provide incentives to identify and quantify MER eligible capital projects that reduce methane emissions and associated CO2e.    Facilities that already have identified emission reduction measures can proceed with MER DTC Projects.  DTC Projects implement capital-based 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

Application

Appendix A – BOA LDAR Data Capture Template

Appendix B – BOA & LDAR Study Report Template

Join Our Network

Contact us to learn how to become a program ally.

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