Methane Emissions Reduction – AER Summary of Requirements

  • Conference Program
  • LDAR
  • April 10, 2019
  • 10:15 am - 11:00 am

The Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) has released an updated version of Directive 060: Upstream Petroleum Industry Flaring, Incinerating and Venting and Directive 017: Measurement Requirements for Oil and Gas Operations. The new edition of Directive 060 comes into effect on January 1, 2020, including the methane reduction requirements. The new edition of Directive 017 is effective immediately following its release.
The requirements address the primary sources of methane emissions from Alberta’s upstream oil and gas industry: fugitive emissions and venting, which includes emissions from compressors, pneumatic devices, and glycol dehydrators. The requirements also focus on improved measurement, monitoring, and reporting of methane emissions.
This presentation will explain the updated requirements and timelines for activities that industry will be working through over the next few years. The fuel, flare and vent definitions have been updated, which will require a significant effort from industry to update their production accounting systems and reporting. The Methane Reduction and Retrofit Compliance Plan must be developed by 2020 and will require industry to have an understanding of their existing inventory of methane emission sources to ensure compliance by 2023. Operators will be required to have a Fugitive Emissions Management Program in place, including the beginning of their fugitive emission surveys and screenings at the required frequency by 2020. The first annual reporting of vent gas and fugitive emissions to OneStop will be for the 2019 calendar year and is due by June 1, 2020. Existing equipment and sites have until 2023 to come into compliance, while new sites or equipment is considered anything installed or initiated after Jan 1, 2022.