Satellite-detected flaring data for the Permian shows volumes increased by 22% in the 12 months through September, with July rates nearing the three-year highs last seen in December 2022. Flaring rates in the Midland went up to 1.7x that of the Delaware from May to July, with several upstream operators recording sharp increases during those months. But not all operators ramped up on flaring; wells attached to certain gas gathering systems exhibited noticeably higher rates than others.
Stepping back, Enverus Intelligence Research (EIR) speculates that these spikes are related to equipment failures from the extreme heat waves that gripped Texas over the summer, with the effects on emissions garnering negative media attention. They expect excess flaring at the wellhead due to takeaway issues will likely challenge the upstream sector’s ability to achieve its short-term ESG goals, particularly regarding flaring intensity.
Figures are based on nightly irradiance measurements taken by VIIRS instrumentation on board NASA and NOAA satellites. EIR’s recently introduced gas gatherer field allows for quick identification of system bottlenecks that may affect upstream operators. The full dataset is currently available to all ESG Analytics clients (Figure 1).
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