January 18, 2019: ADNOC – One of the Lowest Emitters of Greenhouse Gases
The Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) has recently come out with several strong steps that are supporting its already committed stance to reducing greenhouse gases (GHG).
As part of its ongoing efforts, it plans to reduce GHG emissions by up to 10 percent by 2023, substantially increase its use of Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage (CCUS) technology, reduce its use of potable water and cut the volume of waste sent to landfill sites.
In a recent article, the International Association of Oil & Gas Producers (IOGP) Environmental Performance Report for 2017 was cited, where ADNOC ranked in the top five lowest GHG emitters, with less than half the industry average, at 39.68 million tCO2e, and has one of the lowest methane intensities of 0.01 percent.
The article went on to point out, that at the same time, ADNOC has reduced the volume of natural gas flared by more than 72 percent since 1995.
One of the best lessons we can obtain from ADNOC’s success is its holistic approach to environmental protection – where pre-production work is conducted around its Hail, Ghasha and Dalma mega-sour gas development. To ensure the project is minimizing its environmental footprint, ADNOC has conducted one of the largest marine environmental baseline surveys in the UAE’s history.
It has enabled ADNOC to carefully locate the project’s 11 artificial islands and optimize well numbers and trajectories to reduce environmental impact and ensure that both islands and drilling activities are placed outside sensitive areas.
While ONE Future’s members certainly have global reach, the coalition’s focus is on our domestic efforts. ADNOC is a wonderful example of a holistic program that we might emulate to strengthen our own efforts.
I encourage you to read the full article online.