First-ever GECF event on gas flaring reduction held
The Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF) held a first-of-its-kind workshop on gas flaring and venting reduction.
Organised by the GECF’s recently-established Gas Research Institute (GRI), the online workshop, ‘Flared Gas Recovery and Monetisation: Techno-economic solutions for sustainable green development’, was attended primarily by representatives from the GECF Member Countries and a slew of international expert speakers from the Member Countries, World Bank Gas Flaring Reduction Partnership, OPEC, Capterio, among others. HE Eng. Mohamed Hamel, Secretary General of the GECF, delivered the opening remarks.
Gas flaring is frequently employed as the only disposal method for associated gas, such as, in the oil production process especially in areas lacking infrastructure to harness this gas. Some gas may also be flared as an operational safety measure to protect personnel and facilities. Developers should either find a practical use for this associated gas, such as supplying it to customers, utilising it onsite for operational energy, reinjecting it for pressure support, or finding a long-term disposal solution. In 2021, gas flaring reached 153 billion cubic metres, equivalent to Australia’s entire gas output.
HE Hamel said: “This first workshop aims to provide an effective platform for GECF Member Countries to share their knowledge, experiences, and best practices on flared gas recovery and monetisation.”
“GECF Member Countries are implementing solutions to reduce gas flaring and venting”. As an example, HE Hamel cited QatarEnergy, which has invested to the tune of 1 billion US$ for the jetty boil-off gas facility to recover 90% of the boil-off gas, which was previously flared. This is equivalent to 1.6 million tonnes of CO2 abated per year.
Following the remarks by HE Hamel, Eng. Azzedine Adjeb, Director of GRI, encapsulated the priorities of the GECF Member Countries and the global gas industry to reduce flaring. It was noted that several GECF Countries have included gas flaring reduction in their Nationally Determined Contribution in the context of the Paris Agreement. Six are members of the Global Gas Flaring Reduction initiative and eight of them have endorsed the Zero Routine Flaring by 2030 initiative – both by the World Bank.
Other workshop speakers included: Dr Mourad Issiakhem, Dr Nadia Chioukh, Dr Hamza Merabet, Dr Farah Benharrats (all from Algeria), Eng. Mohamed El Gebaly and Eng. Mahmoud Maher (both from Egypt). Dr Mark Jonathan Davis, CEO of Capterio, Mr Leonardo Sempetegui, General Legal Counsel of OPEC, Mr Martin Oswald, Senior Gas Specialist of GGFR at the World Bank, and Mr Jerry Jalili, CEO of Hamilton Energy, also delivered presentations. GECF’s Gas Market Analysis Department led the event’s proceedings.