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Emission Reduction Options for the Processing Sector

The EPA estimates methane emissions from the oil and natural gas industry in its annual Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks. The processing sector accounts for 12% of the total methane emissions from the oil and natural gas industry. The chart below shows the distribution of the top emission sources in this sector.

Processing Sector Emissions 2012
Processing Sector Emissions 2012, Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks 1990 - 2012, USEPA, April, 2014

Source: Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks 1990 - 2012, USEPA, April, 2014.

Mitigation Options

Below are several examples of cost-effective mitigation options for Processing sector emission sources. To view a full list of emission mitigation options, view Recommended Technologies and Practices.

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+ Reducing Methane Emissions from Reciprocating Compressor Rod Packing

+ Replacing Wet Seals with Dry Seals in Centrifugal Compressors

+ Directed Inspection and Maintenance at Gas Processing Plants and Booster Stations

+ Reducing Emissions When Taking Compressors Off-Line



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