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Methane emissions control to mitigate risk

Helping E&Ps reach a significant milestone — net-zero emissions — with the Shepherd Digital Gas Monitoring Ecosystem

Methane gas leaks can be extremely costly for any E&P provider, resulting in regulatory fines, rising equipment and manpower losses, increased operating costs, and a high rate of emissions. In this study, one E&P company was looking for an opportunity to monitor, better manage, and even reduce methane emissions, increasing the depth of monitoring levels and protecting the health and safety of team members.

As part of the Shepherd Methane Emissions Pilot Program, one E&P participant in this study had a remote site where methane monitoring was a constant challenge. Without team members onsite monitoring the facility closely, and the technology to pinpoint leaks accurately, the organization was working blindly, unable to quantify the losses. Utilizing the Shepherd Digital Gas Monitoring Ecosystem, details revealed methane releases across a pad, validating leaks along the site location. 100 MCF/day was discovered, and reported in real-time, enabling the team to catch and repair the leaks, even in this remote location.

The ability to determine the exact location of the leak saved this team significant time and reduced the risk to assets from explosions, both equipment, and workers. In addition, the E&P provider could be assured that it was on a path to read methane in parts per million, a step towards achieving net-zero emissions with Shepherd’s remote monitoring technology.