Methane is the building block of natural gas, and natural gas is the building block for the country’s manufacturing renaissance.
Natural gas, a cheaper energy source that has helped reduce emissions to their lowest levels since the 1990s, is produced through a vast and complex infrastructure that requires constant monitoring. For ExxonMobil subsidiary XTO Energy, that means finding new ways to detect and reduce escaping methane throughout a network of operations that runs through millions of acres across 11 states.
Methane detection and repair relies on a technical-mechanical-professional collaboration to ensure the best results. There is no one solution, and finding the next emission-reduction opportunities requires investment today.
Specifically, the newly announced methane emission reduction program at XTO Energy will build on practices already in place. The new steps include:
- Switching out more than 1,000 high-bleed pneumatic devices for lower- or no-bleed devices that can significantly reduce methane emissions. That work will unfold over the next three years.
- Investing in cutting-edge technologies to detect, quantify and reduce emissions at production sites. The company is testing the latest ground-based, mobile and aerial solutions to help reduce methane emissions.
- Increasing research with ExxonMobil’s Upstream Research Company and in collaboration with academia, government and technology providers. This program builds on more than two dozen existing methane research projects and ongoing pilot programs across the country.
- Expanding personnel training and sharing best practices across the company.
Check out the infographic below for more visual context on some of these next steps.