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Emission Reduction Options for the Production Sector

The EPA estimates methane emissions from the oil and natural gas industry in its annual Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks. The production segment accounts for 73% of the total methane emissions from the oil and natural gas industry. The chart below shows the distribution of the top emission sources in this sector.

Production Sector Emissions 2014
Production Sector Emissions 2014, Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks 1990 - 2014, USEPA, April, 2016

Source: Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks 1990 - 2014, USEPA, April, 2016.


Mitigation Options

Below are several examples of cost-effective mitigation options for Production sector emission sources. To view a full list of emission mitigation options, view Recommended Technologies and Practices.

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+ Options for Reducing Methane Emissions from Pneumatic Devices in the Natural Gas Industry

+ Reduced Emission Completions for Hydraulically Fractured Natural Gas Wells

+ Installing Vapor Recovery Units on Storage Tanks

+ Optimize Glycol Circulation and Install Flash Tank Separators in Glycol Dehydrators

+ Installing Plunger Lift System in Gas Wells

+ Reducing Methane Emissions from Reciprocating Compressor Rod Packing

+ Replacing Wet Seals with Dry Seals in Centrifugal Compressors

+ Install Automated Air/Fuel Ratio Controls

+ Directed Inspection and Maintenance at Compressor Stations



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