Flare Gas Capture

Flare Gas Capture

Throughout the globe billion of cubic meters of natural gas is flared annually at oil production sites, wasting valuable resources that could be used to support economic growth. The hydrocarbon constituents of flare gas tend to be methane and Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG), which could be used in industrial processes and power generation. The main reasons for gas flaring are the lack of gas pipeline connectivity and/or a captive gas market. However, technological advances have resulted in systems that enable flare gas to be separated into its constituents, liquefied or compressed, stored and transported to key demand centres. Thus, turning flare gas into a usable resource.

West Africa

In Nigeria 8bcm of gas is flared annually, mainly in the Niger delta. For residents in the nearby area routine flaring is causing respiratory problems, skin rashes and eye irritations, as well as damage to agriculture due to acid rain. SPI is working with oil producers to capture, store, transport and process flare gas into two very valuable products: methane and LPG. In general, the methane is utilised domestically; however, the LPG is exported for sale on the international market.

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