Study shows satellite discovered methane leak at Turkmenistan oil and gas field

Study shows satellite discovered methane leak at Turkmenistan oil and gas field
Atmospheric methane levels, as observed at Mauna Loa Observatory, Hawaii and reported by U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
By bne IntelliNews November 25, 2019

Montreal-based GHGSat said in a study published on November 22 that it discovered a methane leak equivalent to the fumes of a million cars deriving from unlit flaring in the Korpezhe oil and gas field in western Turkmenistan, Bloomberg reported. 

It marked the first time that a discovery of an unknown methane leak was made from space. The finding was made during a search for emissions from mud volcanoes. GHGSat notified Turkmen authorities via Canadian and European diplomatic channels about the release, shown in images captured from early 2018 through February this year. The emissions stopped in May, after the Turkmen state-run field operator was informed.  

The sequence of events demonstrated the possibility of using satellites “to enable corrective action to fight climate change,” according to the research published by the American Geophysical Union’s Geophysical Research Letters journal. It comes at a time when the oil and gas industry faces mounting pressure to reduce emissions of methane, one of the most harmful greenhouse gases.

Two more emissions were discovered in the Central Asian region, including one from a pipeline, possibly caused by a valve release, and a smaller one caused by an unlit flare.

Related Articles

Albania’s Competition Authority launches in-depth investigation against Bankers Petroleum

Albania’s Competition Authority has launched an in-depth investigation against the biggest oil producer in Albania, Chinese-owned Bankers Petroleum, for possible violations of competition rules in ... more

Hungary draw downs €239mn Russian loan for Paks nuclear power plant expansion

Hungary has so far drawn down €239mn of a €10bn loan from the state of Russia for an upgrade of the Paks nuclear power plant, it was announced on February 19. Answering an opposition query, ... more

North Macedonia starts converting coal mines to solar

The Energy Community secretariat said on February 18 that North Macedonia has become the first contracting party to start to convert one of its coal mines to solar power plants, as part of ... more

Dismiss