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bp quantifies methane emissions from flares with Baker Hughes' flare.IQ technology

The technology enables bp to , bp can carry out early interventions and reduce emissions from flaring. (Image source: Adobe Stock)

Baker Hughes has announced that its emissions abatement technology, flare.IQ, has been successfully used by bp to quantify methane emissions from its flares, a new application for the upstream oil and gas sector

It comes at a time when reducing methane emissions is at the top of the agenda for oil and gas companies, with new policies and regulations coming into force and commitments to eliminating methane emissions by 2030 being made by around 50 major oil and gas companies at COP28.

bp and Baker Hughes conducted a large-scale study of flare combustion, including testing a range of flares under challenging conditions and verifying the accuracy of flare.IQ technology.

Real-time data

Flare.IQ’s advanced analytics platform provides real-time data from flare systems, including temperature, pressure, vent gas velocities and gas composition, helping maximise combustion efficiency and minimise emissions.

With access to such data for 65 flares across seven regions, bp can carry out early interventions and reduce emissions from flaring.

“Through our long-standing partnership with Baker Hughes, we have progressed technology and implemented methane quantification for oil and gas flares, helping us to achieve the first milestone of our Aim 4," said Fawaz Bitar, bp senior vice president of Health Safety Environment & Carbon.

“Our collaboration with bp is a further illustration that technology is a key enabler for addressing the energy trilemma of security, sustainability and affordability,” said Ganesh Ramaswamy, executive vice president of Industrial & Energy Technology at Baker Hughes. “Cooperations like the one we have with bp are key to testing and validating in the field solutions that can enable operators to achieve emissions reduction goals efficiently and economically.”