Climate Change: NNPC-TotalEnergies collaboration achieves zero routine gas flare in Nigeria

In pursuit of the Nationally Determined Contribution's 20% unconditional and 47% conditional greenhouse gas emission reduction targets under the Paris Accord, the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPC) and TotalEnergies have successfully eliminated routine gas flaring from all their joint venture assets.

The French energy giant, TotalEnergies, has finalized the OML 100 Flare Out project in partnership with NNPC, becoming the first major operator in Nigeria to fully eliminate routine flaring.

This feat was announced on Thursday during an inspection tour of OML 100 in South-eastern Niger Delta, off Port Harcourt, by a joint NNPC Ltd and TotalEnergies team to ascertain the success of the OML Flare Reduction Project launched in December 2023. 

A press release issued by Olufemi O. Soneye, Chief Corporate Communications Officer of NNPC Ltd. States that the NNPC Ltd/TotalEnergies Joint Venture, which is the concession holder of four leases, had hitherto achieved zero routine flaring across OML 99 (2006), OML 102 (2014), and OML 58 (2016), leaving OML 100 as the only lease with routine flaring going on.

The significance of this achievement, the press release also states, is that the last routine flare volume of about 12MMscf/d (twelve million standard cubic feet per day) of gas has now been eliminated giving rise to a greenhouse gas emissions reduction of about 341KtCO₂e/yr.

The statement partly reads: “The achievement is an outcome of a programme introduced by the NNPC Ltd to galvanize action towards achieving the zero routine flare by 2030 across its portfolio of assets.

“It is also a testament to NNPC Ltd’s prioritization of sustainabilityanchored on the ‘first R’ of its 5R Strategy (Reduce, Replace, Renew, Re-plant, Repurpose), as it strives to reduce its carbon footprint.

“Work is ongoing across all other assets within NNPC Ltd’sUpstream Directorate to ensure that all assets achieve zero routine flaring by 2030 or earlier.”

This achievement is part of TotalEnergies' commitment to the World Bank's Global Gas Flaring Reduction (GGFR) partnership, which aims to achieve zero routine flaring by 2030

The collaboration between NNPC and TotalEnergies includes the use of advanced drone-based technology, Airborne Ultralight Spectrometer for Environmental Applications (AUSEA), to detect methane emissions and implement abatement measures

This initiative supports the reduction of global warming and climate change, as well as Nigeria's commitment to the Oil & Gas Decarbonization Charter

TotalEnergies' investment in Nigeria, which includes major projects such as Egina, Ofon Phase 2, and Ikike, demonstrates a long-term commitment to the country's exploration and development

The company's efforts to reduce methane emissions and eliminate routine flaring are part of a broader strategy to attract increased investment in the country.

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