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posted by CoolHand on Tuesday January 12 2016, @09:21PM   Printer-friendly
from the out-of-control-gas dept.

According to satellite data estimates, 350 million tons of natural gas were wastefully burned at the wellhead in 2012, about 3.5% of worldwide natural gas production. To put this into perspective, this amount of natural gas could provide electrical power to the entire continent of Africa. The CO2 emissions from natural gas flares are roughly equivalent to 10% of all CO2 emissions of the European Union.

The problem, as you might surmise, is the handling and transportation of the natural gas produced as a by-product of oil wells in areas without the infrastructure to handle gas. In addition, some gas produced as oil by-product has relatively low levels of methane. Russia flares more natural gas than any other nation, followed by Iraq, Iran, Nigeria, Venezuela, Algeria, and the United States.

The World Bank is trying to stop all routine flaring of natural gas by 2030. North Dakota and New Mexico are taking steps to reduce gas flares.


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  • (Score: 2) by jdavidb on Tuesday January 12 2016, @11:00PM

    by jdavidb (5690) on Tuesday January 12 2016, @11:00PM (#288838) Homepage Journal
    Cool post, and informative. That was absolutely not what I was expecting to find, but I knew there had to be some reason why people weren't snatching all that gas up and selling it and why the picture of "natural gas waste" that was painted in the article wasn't quite the whole story. Thanks!
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