White Paper: Evaluation of Emerging Methane Detection Technologies

Methane, a potent greenhouse gas, can warm the atmosphere 28–86 times as fast as carbon dioxide. Understanding how to effectively measure and reduce methane emissions is a top priority for stakeholders across the natural gas value chain, especially in light of net-zero commitments of governments and organizations around the world. To succeed, stakeholders need access to consistent and effective detection methods for methane emissions—especially as regulators, including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), explore rulemaking on various detection methods.

This revised version of the white paper clarifies that all modeled emissions mitigation and cost scenarios within the paper are based on hypothetical representations of operationalizing detection techniques. These revisions emphasize the purpose of the white paper, which is to represent and model potential ranges of deployment program options based on measurement data and qualitative operational information provided by oil and gas operators. Hypothetical combinations of technologies, sampling frequency, costs presented in the modeling portion of the paper do not specifically correspond to actual usage of currently commercially available technologies.

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