BP – the north sea experience. Mike MASON Senior Environmental Advisor, BP. BP – the north sea experience. Flaring a significant source of environmental impact through the emission of greenhouse gases, products combustion, visual impact and noise
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Senior Environmental Advisor, BP
What are we doing about it?
1980’s - A time of plenty…
Smaller & isolated fields, Atlantic Margins developments, more public awareness of environmental impacts……
a commitment to using its Guidance Note on Flaring, downward trend supported by UK Government/UKOOA’s flare trading voluntary pilot scheme
1990’s – The Dawn of Process?
2000 to date – More Process…
Good local example - a GHG Competition on Magnus with a winning prize of £1000 per team member (max of 3 per team) for the best idea. Received over 25 ideas from across the asset.
Today’s Processes – internal & external
Environmental Performance Requirement - EPR7
7.1 BP shall not develop or operate a facility that disposes of stranded gas to either flare or vent.
7.2 Elimination of continuous and routine flaring and venting will represent the base case in project design.
7.3 Early production facilities with potential to generate large sources of flaring and venting will be by exception only.
7.4 Operations shall minimise large operational sources of flaring and venting.
7.5 Operations with large operational sources of flaring and venting shall develop a flare and vent policy.
7.6 Well testing requiring flaring shall be by exception only.
7.7 A plan to minimise emissions shall be developed for all well work or well activities.
1st November 2006