ERA funding recipient ConocoPhillips tested ten different technologies to improve energy efficiency and reduce methane emissions, and the results have been shared throughout Alberta’s oil and gas industry to enable broader adoption.
Converting high bleed instruments to low/no bleed instruments was the most successful technology for ConocoPhillips. The instrument conversion involves reducing the methane bleed from the natural gas used to operate machines and instrumentation. They estimate this technology could reduce GHG emissions by about 1 megatonne over a 20-year life span.
Another technology, called REMVue, improves the efficiency of fuel injection by reusing emitted exhaust gases to power the engine. ConocoPhillips believes this project has the potential to reduce GHG emissions by 350,000 tonnes over two years.
In recognition of their work, ConocoPhillips was the recipient of an Alberta Emerald Award in 2016 for Implementing and Sharing Energy Efficiency Innovation.
“Over the last five years, with the implementation of all of our green projects, we’ve reduced about 470,000 tonnes of carbon equivalency,” says Sean Hiebert of ConocoPhillips. “That’s something to be proud of.”