Why is this important?
Phasing out routine flaring is one of the essential steps towards reducing our GHG footprint and combining resource efficiency with economic success. Flaring and venting are both controlled releases of greenhouse gases, including methane, into the atmosphere. The environmental impact of these releases (along with fugitive emissions) can have a significant contribution to OMV Petrom’s performance.
We are committed to phasing out routine flaring according to the World Bank global initiative “Zero routine flaring by 2030”.
In our renewed 2030 Strategy, we further committed to achieve less than 0.2% methane intensity, detect and reduce fugitive emissions in addition to phasing out existing routine flaring and no new projects with routine flaring and venting.
We measure, monitor, or perform mass balance calculations to determine the following:
- Volume of gas flared (Upstream and Downstream)
- Volume of gas vented (Upstream)
- Hydrocarbon vented
- Hydrocarbon flared
- Routine flaring and venting
- Methane emissions
OMV Petrom Environmental Management Standard requires that oil and gas fields shall be developed and operated according to plans that incorporate sustainable utilization or conservation of the field’s associated gas without routine flaring and venting. Therefore, routine flaring or venting of associated/free gas as a means of gas disposal to facilitate liquid (oil and condensate) production (this includes Early Production Facilities) is prohibited.
Leak Detection and Repair (LDAR) serves as the basis for developing reduction projects in accordance with best practices in the industry and the best available technologies.
We also continue implementing projects to phase out routine flaring and venting.
Advanced process control in place.
Production audits (include flaring and venting).
We act for improving continuously the GHG related competencies of our relevant employees (HSSE, production, maintenance, operators), though various means including classroom training, workshops, on the job training.
All OMV Petrom’s operations are required to minimize methane emissions from point sources as well as fugitive emissions and technically unavoidable emissions (such as well testing and well workover, among others). The main sources of methane emissions are routine/non-routine venting of gas during oil and gas production and processing as well as gas leaks. Many activities and projects to stop or reduce routine flaring have already been implemented or are ongoing, such as the Energy Efficiency Program in Upstream.
To prevent and mitigate fugitive emissions, important steps have been taken, such as a pipeline integrity program and compressor station modernization (modernization of facilities) in Upstream and LDAR Program in both Upstream and Downstream. An LDAR Program includes two fundamental steps, namely identification of the leaking components and repair of these leaks in order to minimize losses. This program serves as the basis for developing reduction projects in accordance with best practices in the industry and the best available technologies.
Advanced Process Control in Petrobrazi Refinery, Downstream Oil – balancing fuel gas system
In the Petrobrazi Refinery, optimal plant design is implemented to minimize flaring events by balancing the fuel gas system. Such advanced process control includes enough capacity of the flare gas recovery system, the use of high-integrity relief valves, and other economically viable organizational and control measures. As a result of such measures, we aim to use flaring as a safety system for other than normal operations, such as start-up, shutdown, emergency, process upsets, etc.
Green Kaizen Events in Upstream – minimizing fugitive emissions
In Upstream, in 2021, we continued the organization of Green Kaizen events, in Assets Oltenia & Moesia. Green Kaizen Events are intended to minimize and even eliminate the fugitive emissions in selected facilities, while enabling a low-carbon operational behavior among field personnel and local contractors. The Green Kaizen events typically occur for 5 days and involve a great engagement of the participants throughout this period. It is as such a very concentrated form of LDAR, which on top incorporates measurements before and after, by external contractor. These activities aim to set the employees’ minds to see the problem, understand the problem’s size, implement the solution, confirm the solution, and sustain the result.
Modernization of gasoline loading system in Midia Terminal, Asset Petromar, Upstream
The project was finalized in 2021 with an investment of EUR 700,000. It consisted in the upgrade of the existing loading system, which involved pressurizing the tank with lean gas to facilitate the transfer of gasoline into the rail tankers. Furthermore, the lean gas was routed to the flare. Through installation of a new gasoline pumping unit, to enable loading without the lean gas pressurization, the flared gas releases will be decreased, resulting in an estimated yearly reduction of 3,800 t CO2eq.
We will continue our programs and plans:
- Fugitive methane emissions reduction through process optimization, field modernization, and integrity improvement measures in E&P.
- Phasing out routine flaring and venting in E&P.
- LDAR program in G&P and E&P.