ExxonMobil says it is conducting field tests of eight emerging methane detection technologies at nearly 1,000 sites in the Permian Basin in West Texas and New Mexico, Kallanish Energy reports.
That includes satellite and aerial surveillance monitoring, the Texas-based energy giant reported last week. Also, being tested are drones, helicopters, ground-based mobile and fixed-position sensors to detect methane leaks.
The tests are designed to evaluate the effectiveness and scalability of next-generation detection technologies.
The technologies are being evaluated by a combination of field observations, optical has imaging cameras and portable methane detection instruments, it said.
It is partnering with nine other companies on the research.
It is also sharing measurements to downwind emissions observations using technology by Aerodyne Research that provides holistic measurements of the site emissions, ExxonMobil said.
The company said it intends to share its findings from its pilot project with other O&G producers.
ExxonMobil says it is seeking “viable alternatives,” said Staale Gjervik, senior vice president of unconventional.
As of year-end 2019, the company has reduced methane emissions by nearly 20% at its U.S. unconventional operations, compared to 2016. It intends to reduce its methane emissions by 15% by year-end 2020.
This post appeared first on Kallanish Energy News.