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EU Methane Regulation compliance

Best-in-class LDAR surveys to help you comply with the upcoming EU Methane Regulation

On 15 December 2021, the European Commission released its proposal for a regulation on methane emissions reduction in the energy sector. The main goal of this regulation is to lay down rules for accurate measurement, reporting, and verification (MRV) of methane emissions by performing LDAR surveys and putting restrictions on venting and flaring.

If you are an EU oil and gas operator, this regulation applies to:

  •  oil and fossil gas upstream exploration and production, fossil gas gathering and processing,
  • gas transmission, distribution, underground storage and LNG terminals operating with fossil and/or renewable (bio-or synthetic) methane.

The feedback period to provide comments to this proposal has now been closed. If no changes were to be made to this proposal, you as operator would be requested to (amongst others):

  • create an inventory of all components that have been checked,
  • have an LDAR survey performed within 6 months of the day the regulation enters into force,
  • deliver a compliant LDAR report within 1 month to your authorities after each LDAR survey.

 

We are a certified service provider and specialize in performing LDAR surveys and detecting and reporting methane leaks on source-level and site-level. With more than 30 years of experience and 9.000 successful projects. Plan and perform your LDAR surveys now before the EU Methane Regulation enters into force. Our experts are ready to support you.

How we help you comply with the EU Methane Regulation

Inventory of all components
We make a full inventory of all components using our cloud-based emission management software SFEMP. We select the correct emission factors for your assets, your emission categories or your source types. The result is a complete emission report that is in compliance with the Regulation that you can hand over to the competent authorities of your Member State.
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Find methane leaks on source-level
Our technical specialists perform Leak Detection And Repair (LDAR) surveys directly at the source for all source types, taking into account the 500 ppm detection limit. For example, we use FID/PID devices, OGI cameras for non-accessible sources, and bagging/High Flow Sampling as direct measurement technique to know the exact losses. We then determine the correct (manufacturer) source-specific emission factors. After the initial LDAR survey, our specialists remonitor all found leaks. At the end of the project, our emission management software SFEMP generates a complete emission report for you to share with the authorities of your Member State.
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Find methane leaks on site-level
The proposal for the EU Methane Regulation also requests you to measure methane emissions on site-level and then aggregate both the source-level and site-level data. This is in line with the OGMP 2.0 Together with our partners, we perform site measurements using drones, remote sensing devices for continuous monitoring, and satellites.
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Compliant LDAR reports
The proposal for the Methane Regulation mentions several requirements of what should at least be included in your LDAR reports. Our reports meet these requirements by default and include the complete inventory by equipment, detailed lists of all measured sources, and repair orders. Moreover, cloud-based emission management software SFEMP generates compliant reports automatically so you can send it within 1 month after each LDAR survey has been performed to your authorities.
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Source-based measurement techniques

Methods to detect fugitive methane leaks

Quickly check non-accessible areas with Optical Gas Imaging, resulting in Leak/No Leak Factors.

Perform Leak Detection And Repair (LDAR) campaigns to detect small leaks using FID/PID devices, such as the TVA2020 or Phoenix 42.​

Detect ‘methane clouds’ fast in non-accessible areas with the Remote Methane Laser Detector (RMLD) resulting in a PPM value.

Source-level measurement with Remote Methane Laser Device (RMLD)

Detect vent and flare losses from leaking internal valves fast using ultrasonic equipment.

Perform direct measurements and quantify methane leaks on accessible sources and vents with the High Flow Sampler. Get highly accurate results in mass leak rates in KG/year. Compare accurate HFS measurement data with other data from LDAR programs and rank gas leaks in leak-rate order to prioritize repairs.

The Quantified Optical Gas Imaging technique is ideal to screen non-accesible sources. Please note that the OGI camera must be fixed on a tripod and multiple external factors (wind, temperature, etc.) need to be taken into account to perform a proper measurement.​

Apart from source-based measurements above ground, our technicians also detect gas leaks on buried pipelines by car.

Methane leak detection on buried pipelines by car

Our technicians detect methane leaks on buried pipelines on foot.

Methane leak detection on buried pipelines on foot

One of our most unique services is leak detection with our sniffing dogs. They are capable of pinpointing the exact location of even the smallest methane leaks on ppb level on buried pipelines.

Methods to quantify methane leaks on vents

With the High Flow Sampler or bagging technique, we quantify emissions from valves, regulators, or vents.

Other flow measurement techniques include the anemometers or calibrated vent bags to identify venting emissions.

Methods for flaring - Incomplete combustion

The Multispectral Optical Gas Imaging technique allows you to quantify methane emissions from flaring – incomplete combustion. The technology combines OGI detection capabilities with quantification features.

Site-level measurement techniques

Our iNose devices are AI-driven gas monitors and detect a wide variety of gases including methane. A thought out modeling calculation allows for proper quantification.

Site measurement with remote sensing

Together with our partners, we detect methane emissions using UAV drones. Increase people´s safety and perform efficient measurements to comply with the EU Methane Regulation.

Together with our partners, we help our clients detect super emitters or hotspots with satellites to help you comply.

Site measurements with satellites

The Multispectral Optical Gas Imaging technique allows you to quantify methane emissions from flaring – incomplete combustion. The technology combines OGI detection capabilities with quantification features.

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Emission management software SFEMP helps you comply

The EU Methane Regulation requires you to submit your LDAR report to your authorities within 1 month after each LDAR survey has been performed. And to keep records of all identified leaks for at least ten years.

SFEMP, Sniffers Full Emission Management Platform, is a cloud-based software application that was designed to digitize your full emission management process from setting up the inventory, data collection during surveys with SFEMP Mobile, to generating reports and repair orders automatically.

Since it is cloud-based, records can be saved for ten years or more as required by the Regulation.

Benefits of working with us to comply with the EU Methane Regulation

Work with one certified environmental service provider

We help you with the full process from creating the inventory, through detecting methane leaks on source-level and site-level, and reporting. Work with an independent third party with an ISO 17025 accreditation to guarantee accurate and reliable LDAR data.

Wide range of proven measurement techniques

Rely on expert advice for this MRV requirement to comply with the EU Methane Regulation. We offer a wide range of measurement techniques directly at the source and on site-level together with our partners.

Emission management software to generate LDAR reports fast

Emission management software SFEMP allows you to submit your LDAR reports to your authorities within 1 month after each LDAR survey. Your records can easily be stored for 10 years or more in the cloud-based software as required.

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