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IEA urges action on gas flaring

The agency’s latest World Energy Outlook includes a call to action for oil and gas players to reduce upstream emissions, with flaring drawing particular criticism The agency’s latest World Energy Outlook includes a call to action for oil and gas players to reduce upstream emissions, with flaring drawing particular criticism.
By Peter Stewart 15 November 2018 World / Exploration & Production 0 33310
A gas flare beside pumpjacks pumping crude oil at a facility in North Dakota. (PA)

The International Energy Agency (IEA) said this week that oil and gas companies should be doing more to cut emissions from their upstream operations, singling out gas flaring as a key area for improvement.

The IEA’s flagship World Energy Outlook (WEO), published on Tuesday said flaring gas was both wasteful and harmful, and that upstream emissions could be reduced further by the electrification of upstream and midstream operations or by building renewables-based systems into the extraction and production process.

The call to action will...