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Global Gas Flaring Reduction Partnership (GGFR)

Technical Solutions

Using associated gas that would otherwise be flared can be challenging, but a range of technical solutions exist. Capturing this gas and transporting it to a market through a gas pipeline typically requires large volumes of gas to be viable. Since associated gas volumes are rarely large enough at individual flare sites, this often requires capturing associated gas from many flare sites to create sufficient volume. This can represent a significant cost unless the flare sites are located close to one another.

While small-scale, modular, gas utilization technologies have need developed over the past few years, increasing the potential for using smaller volumes of associated gas, it can still be economically challenging to utilize associated gas. Much depends on the cost to purchase the associated gas and the value of the end-product. 

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Small modular electricity generation plants, truck-mounted, modular liquefied natural gas plants, integrated compressed natural gas systems and modular, remotely operated mini-gas-to-liquid plants may often, in the right circumstances, be economically viable alternatives to flaring.


Technical Resources

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Flaring Management Guidance for the Oil and Gas Industry

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This Flaring Management Guidance for the Oil and Gas Industry, developed by GGFR in partnership with Ipieca and IOGP, outlines new flaring management and reduction developments, and examines industry experiences with eliminating flaring, new technologies, business models, operational improvements, and regulatory policy.

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Financing Solutions to Reduce Natural Gas Flaring and Methane Emissions

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This report provides a systematic framework for evaluating the feasibility of financing flare reduction projects at medium-sized flaring sites that have historically been difficult to tackle. 

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Small-Scale Technologies for Utilization of Associated Gas

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The "Small-Scale Technologies for Utilization of Associated Gas" describes the various technologies applicable for addressing small volumes of gas that may otherwise be flared. As well as addressing each technology’s level of technical readiness and range of application, the report includes indicative capital and operating costs and estimates of CO2 abatement potential and related abatement costs (US$/t CO2) for each technology across a range of gas volumes.

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Flare Mitigation Technology Selection Tool

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The “Flare Mitigation Technology Selection Tool” is an interactive spreadsheet-based compilation of information on various types of equipment and technologies applicable to flare mitigation projects. The tool complements the GGFR report on “Small-scale Technologies for Utilization of Associated Gas.”

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Associated Gas Monetization via MiniGTL

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Associated gas monetization via miniGTL - conversion of flared gas into liquid fuels & chemicals

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Flare Measurement

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This document provides guidance on quantifying flare and vent rates at oil and natural gas facilities.

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GGFR Gas Flaring Estimates

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GGFR, in partnership with NOAA and the Colorado School of Mines, has developed global gas flaring estimates based upon observations from satellites launched in 2012 and 2017.

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Upstream Gas Flaring Definitions

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This document groups the various types of gas flaring at oil production facilities in three defined categories: routine flaring, safety flaring, and non-routine flaring. 


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A partner in the World Bank's Global Gas Flaring Reduction Partnership (GGFR), SOCAR shares its track record and future plans for gas flaring reduction.
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Zero Routine Flaring by 2030 (ZRF)

The ZRF initiative commits governments and oil companies to end routine flaring no later than 2030.
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Global Gas Flaring Data

GGFR publishes global flaring data estimates to monitor flaring levels and track progress towards ending routine gas flaring.
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Key Resources

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Oil and Gas Sector Toolkit for the Global Methane Pledge

This Methane Policy Toolkit supports governments as they develop policies and regulations to drive down oil and gas methane emissions. This toolkit connects policymakers and regulators to key resources and institutions supporting these policy efforts.
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Methodology for Determining Flare Volumes from Satellite Data

GGFR, in partnership with NOAA and the Colorado School of Mines, has developed global gas flaring estimates based upon observations from satellites launched in 2012 and 2017.
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GGFR Gas Flaring Definitions

This document groups the various types of gas flaring at oil production facilities in three defined categories: routine flaring, safety flaring, and non-routine flaring.
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Financing Solutions to Reduce Natural Gas Flaring and Methane Emissions

This report provides a systematic framework for evaluating the feasibility of financing flare reduction projects at medium-sized flaring sites that have historically been difficult to tackle.
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