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  • The global emissions share: who is responsible?

    Greenhouse gases are a big problem for the environment. The Earth is getting warmer under the greenhouse effect and our planet’s weather patterns are struggling to adapt to the changing climate. The most prevalent of the greenhouse gases is carbon dioxide, released into the atmosphere through the burning of fossil fuels. For a more sustainable…

  • Oil & Gas Industry technology news

    New technology in the Oil & Gas Industry: metal alloys

    In the first of our new blog series investigating emerging technologies in the Oil & Gas Industry, we look at the impact of materials and how new alloys are being developed to fight the corrosion threat. The Oil & Gas Industry supplies billions of people around the world, fuelling vehicles, heating homes and generating electricity…

  • The Fluenta 160 Flare Gas Meter: what does it do?

    We have worked with the Oil & Gas Industry since 1985, building a complex product that plays a simple role. The Fluenta 160 Flare Gas Meter measures the volume of natural gas being flared on oil and gas sites. Our products are robust, reliable and accurate, supporting customers with: measurement of flare gas; monitoring flow of…

  • Technology will revolutionise oil and gas exploration and management

    Historically oil and gas operators have been slow to realise the benefits of technology. Following reports that BP has invested £20 million in an artificial intelligence (AI) start-up to help find new oil resources – is the traditional Oil & Gas Industry ready to modernise its practices? Say hello to AI Confirming interest among oil…

  • Taking action on CO2 emissions

    Celebrated every June 5, World Environment Day is a holiday that aims to reconnect people with nature, while educating them about environmental issues – such as CO2 emissions.  In the International Energy Agency (IEA) report, “CO2 Emissions from Fuel Combustion Highlights,” it was estimated that the energy sector is responsible for more than 40% of global carbon dioxide…

  • Will Trump pull the United States out of the Paris Agreement?

    It was revealed on Wednesday that the President Donald Trump may withdraw the United States from the international climate accord known as the Paris agreement. Tweet all about it On Wednesday morning the President tweeted; “I will be announcing my decision on the Paris Accord over the next few days. MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!” The…

  • Is China the new frontier for oil and gas?

    In February 2017, the Ministry of Science and Technology revealed that China is now the sixth biggest natural gas producer in the world – three places higher than in 2007.  Gas output expanded from 68 billion cubic meters in 2007 to 137 billion cubic meters in 2016. While proven reserves of natural gas surged from…

  • Brexit: what does it mean for the Oil and Gas Industry?

    On June 23rd the UK voted to end its membership in the EU. ‘Brexit’ threatened to damage trade deals and the UK’s relationships with other EU member states. The North Sea Oil & Gas industry is heavily reliant on skilled workers from European Union countries a report has found, prompting calls for the Government to ensure the…

  • Good news or bad? The extent of gas flaring in Nigeria

    The Nigerian Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) has quantified the loss that the country has made to gas flaring as more than $850 million a year. Nigeria is the ninth largest gas producing country in the world. Around 75 million Nigerians do not have access to electricity, yet the flaring of gas means the country…

  • Cybersecurity in a modern Oil & Gas Industry

    Cybercrime costs the global economy over US $400 billion per year, according to estimates by the Centre for Strategic and International Studies. An industry historically reluctant to automate processes, the increasingly digitised Oil & Gas Industry is facing cyber security concerns for the first time. The digital approach While a number of consumer IoT applications…

  • Fluenta employee spotlight: Neil Bird

    Tell us a little about yourself.  My name is Neil Bird and I am the Engineering Director at Fluenta. Originally from the North East of England, I now live and work in Cambridge. Before working at Fluenta I studied at Oxford University to achieve a Masters in physics and then at Univ Twente in The…

  • LNG supply gap may form as investment drops

    LNG supply gap may form as investment drops The global liquefied natural gas (LNG) industry could face a supply shortfall in the next five years as low prices begin to discourage investment in new production, major producers have revealed. Reducing emissions Gas flaring is a process in the Oil & Gas Industry that has been…

  • Top five oil producing countries: which will top the table?

    Oil is a valuable commodity. In 2013 annual production was valued at almost $450 billion, with the supporting infrastructure to produce, refine and distribute oil valued at more than a trillion dollars. New extraction technologies are sure to impact the production levels of countries in the future, but which nations currently produce the most crude…

  • What do oil and gas companies value most?

    Falling oil prices and reductions in drilling activity have led to an uncertain path for exploration and production companies. Has the change in activity affected industry attitudes towards procurement? According to a survey conducted on behalf of Trelleborg’s oil and marine operation, value, lifecycle and durability as a purchase priority, are the fundamentals oil and…

  • Why do companies choose to flare natural gas?

      A gas flare – also known as a flare stack – is a gas combustion device used in industrial plants such as petroleum refineries, chemical plants, and natural gas processing plants and at oil or gas production sites. The flame at the top of an oil rig is an iconic image for the Oil & Gas Industry, yet few people…

  • EPA halts Oil & Gas Industry enquiry

      The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced it is withdrawing its request for operators of existing oil and gas wells to provide extensive equipment and emissions information – undermining another climate change initiative kick-started by the Obama administration. The request for emissions information In March 2016 the Obama Administration and EPA announced new regulation to help reduce…

  • Fluenta employee spotlight: Hector Gonzalez

    1.Tell us a little about yourself. My name is Hector Gonzalez; I have a degree in chemical engineering with 2 minors, one in Waste water Treatment and the other in process improvement. In 2006 I moved to the US from Mexico where I became a consultant. In Nov 2014 an opportunity at Fluenta Inc opened…

  • Paying the price for emissions: Singapore’s carbon tax

      Monday’s announcement that a carbon tax on direct emitters is to be introduced from 2019 shows that Singapore, Asia’s main oil trading hub, could be moving towards a longer-term future dominated by cleaner technology and resources.   What is the Singapore carbon tax? The Singapore Carbon tax illustrates Asia’s move towards curbing greenhouse gas…

  • Donald Trump removes anti-corruption rules for oil and gas companies

      On 3rd February 2017 – just two weeks into an all Republican government – President Trump’s administration voted to overturn President Obama’s rule that sought to reduce methane emissions being released into the environment. Two weeks on and Donald Trump has made yet another declaration of regulatory reform in the Oil & Gas Industry.…

  • Trump administration vs Obama’s rule on natural gas flaring

    Two weeks into an-all Republican government, President Trump and his administration have disrupted the Oil & Gas industry. On 3rd February 2017 the Republican-controlled house voted to overturn the Obama administration rule that sought to reduce methane emissions being released into the environment. As part of the Democrat’s campaign to combat climate change, Obama’s Interior…

  • Fluenta employee spotlight: Lana Ginns

    Tell us a little about yourself. My name is Lana and I am the Marketing Manager at Fluenta. In 2012 I moved to the UK from Germany where I studied French and Spanish as well as European Studies. I now live near Cambridge with my husband and our rescue cat Jasper.   What is your…

  • Gas flaring in the News

    Two days before publishing its 2016 full-year results, oil and gas giant Shell is making moves to greatly reduce its debts. In a deal with Chrysaor worth an estimated $3.8bn, Shell has sold a significant portion of its North Sea Oil fields. Meanwhile, in an attempt to improve the efficiency of on-site oil and gas…

  • Gas flaring in the news – December / January 2017

    Global oil production continues to grow, and with it associated gas flaring volumes.  New data released by the World Bank’s Global Gas Flaring Partnership (GGFP) show that while some high-flaring countries are making progress with flaring reduction, overall flaring volumes have increased.  Nigeria has made significant progress to reduce gas flaring, and a government announcement…

  • Are you paying too much tax for your gas flaring?

      The recent COP22 conference on climate change saw signatories to the Paris Agreement reaffirm commitments to reduce carbon emissions.  With tighter regulations and increased taxation likely to follow, businesses that flare natural gas are already implementing new processes to minimise the release of carbon dioxide (CO2) into the atmosphere. Many companies are looking for…

  • Fluenta in 2016 – a year in review

    President elect Donald Trump has nominated Scott Pruitt to lead the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) – an agency Pruitt has sued multiple times in his role as Oklahoma’s Attorney General.  Recently, Pruitt took legal action against the EPA over regulations that aim to restrict methane emissions from the Oil & Gas Industry. The news is…

  • Gas flaring in the news – November 2016

    An expert has revealed Nigeria’s flaring problem is impacting the country’s ability to produce fertiliser, while Total has been awarded a key Ivory Coast LNG project that will see Ivory Coast become the first regional LNG importer in West Africa.  Meanwhile in the UK, Energy and Climate Change Secretary Amber Rudd has announced that natural gas will play a central role in the UK Government’s new energy policy.  In the US, President Obama has implemented a new rule to limit gas flaring on federal lands that will come into force just days before he leaves office.

  • Fluenta single biggest supplier for Petronas RAPID project

    Fluenta, the global leader in ultrasonic measurement and management technology, today announces the sale of 24 ultrasonic flare gas monitoring systems to Malaysian state-run oil and gas company Petronas. Fluenta’s flare gas monitoring systems will be installed at the Petronas refinery and petrochemical integrated development (RAPID) complex in Southeastern Johon, Malaysia. The sale makes Fluenta…

  • New Yale carbon study points to a sobering World Soil Day

    The 5th of December is World Soil Day, an international campaign set up by the United Nations (UN) to “call for greater attention to the pressing issues affecting soils, including climate change, antimicrobial resistance, soil-borne diseases, contamination, nutrition and human health.”

  • Gas flaring in the news – October

    Oil and gas prices continue to fluctuate and the United States proposes new rules to reduce gas flaring.  The Environmental Protection Agency has finalised rules relating to the enforcement of the Clean Air Act, and a high-flaring refinery in California has implemented new flaring reduction measures. US proposes new rules to reduce gas flaring The…

  • Fluenta employee spotlight: Julian Dudley-Smith

    Julian joined Fluenta as Supply Chain Director in January 2015.  Julian manages the co-ordination of suppliers, materials and other resources to take Fluenta’s products from simple components to the most advanced ultrasonic flare gas meters in the world.   Tell us a little about yourself I am 43 years young and European (despite what a…

  • Fluenta and Wegman renew partnership agreement

    Fluenta, the global leader in ultrasonic flare metering for the oil, gas and chemical markets, announces a renewed partnership agreement with Netherlands-based liquid and gas flow solutions provider Wegman. The agreement marks a successful commercial relationship spanning almost a decade that supports Dutch operators with regulatory compliance, safety management and emissions reductions. Wegman provides advice,…

  • The last hope for a fracking revolution in Europe?

    A survey from the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) shows that a third of people oppose fracking in the United Kingdom. Just 17% of people backed the process of extracting shale gas through fracking, whilst 48% had no opinion.  The results show the lowest support for fracking since the department began tracking public opinion.…

  • Fluenta signs partnership agreement with MEGEX

    Fluenta, the global leader in ultrasonic flare metering for the oil, gas and chemical markets, today announces a partnership agreement with MEGEX, a products and services supplier specialising in flow measurement and condition monitoring solutions. MEGEX is based in Thailand and will offer sales, installation and servicing of the full Fluenta product range to customers…

  • Do we know how much gas is flared globally?

    In 2015 the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) used satellite data from the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) to build the most accurate picture of global gas flaring ever conducted. 7467 individual flare sites were identified, with a total flared gas volume estimate of 143 billion cubic meters (BCM).  This corresponds to 3.5%…

  • Why it is important to regularly maintain and service a gas flare monitor?

    Flare gas measurement often takes place in seriously hostile environments. Ensuring that measurement is reliable and effective is an important part of governing compliance with regulation. Regular maintenance of measurement equipment is central to achieving this. Is maintenance important? Flare gas meters are integral to delivering accurate measurement of environmental impact. Where this is regulated,…

  • Gas flaring in the news – September

    The Canadian Government has announced conditional approval of a 600-mile LNG pipeline as part of a $36 billion liquefied natural gas (LNG) project backed by Malaysian energy company Petronas.  The project indicates a wider confidence in the industry’s recovery, which is further evidenced by the results of a recent Deloitte survey.  Meanwhile Shell has announced…

  • Global carbon dioxide level passes the point of no return

    The global atmospheric concentration of carbon dioxide (CO2) may never again fall below the 400 parts per million (ppm) milestone recorded this September.  The measurement was taken at the Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii, the primary global site for atmospheric CO2 monitoring.  While the first 400ppm reading was recorded at Mauna Loa in 2013, each year…

  • Fluenta signs sales representative agreement with Technical Devices

    Fluenta, the global leader in ultrasonic flare metering for the oil, gas and chemical markets, today announces a sales representative agreement with Technical Devices Inc (TDI), an instrumentation supplier and manufacturer representative. The agreement covers the full Fluenta product range including its latest flare gas measurement device, the FGM-160X.  The Fluenta products provide TDI with…

  • Fluenta flare gas meter accuracy proved by CEESI

    Fluenta, the global leader in ultrasonic flare metering for the Oil & Gas and Chemicals Industries, today announces that the Colorado Engineering Experiment Station (CEESI) has proved Fluenta meters perform with an uncertainty of less than three per cent without prior calibration. Fluenta tested its 160 Flare Gas Meter at the renowned CEESI testing facility…

  • Gas flaring in the news – August

    Uncertainty over global oil prices continues, with Shell’s Chief Energy Advisor predicting a delayed rebound.  Despite continued price uncertainty the US natural gas market shows signs of growth, while China moves ahead as the leading oil operator in the North Sea.   Ending gas flaring is more important than carbon trading A Social Action report…

  • US crosses milestone for CO2 emissions

    In 2016 – for the first time ever – carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from natural gas burning are set to surpass those released from burning coal in the United States (US).  Driven by the hydraulic fracturing revolution and cheaper access to natural gas, the next challenge for producers will be to ensure that methane emissions…

  • Fluenta Employee Spotlight: Herborg Sorensen

    Herborg Sorensen joined Fluenta in 2016 as a Marketing Executive.  In her role Herborg supports the Fluenta Marketing team with market research, content creation and social media management.   Tell us a little about yourself.  I was born in Reykjavik and I have lived in Iceland most part of my life.  I completed my Bachelor’s degree…

  • Fluenta signs agreement with Kuwait Oil Company to supply flare gas meters

    Fluenta, a global leader in ultrasonic measurement and management technology, today announces a contract to supply flare gas meters to Kuwait Oil Company (KOC). Fluenta will supply KOC with flare gas meters to be used at multipoint smokeless high-pressure flare sites at 14 South and East Kuwait gathering centres. The project supports Fluenta’s continued expansion…

  • What is fracking and why is it important?

    Environmental campaigners have raised concerns about the increased use of fracking to recover natural gas but the practice – which has already had a significant impact on the US energy sector – has the potential to spark a revolution in worldwide energy supplies.   Oil and gas companies think there is the potential to recover…

  • Fluenta and ABLE extend VAR Agreement

    Fluenta, the world leader in ultrasonic flare metering, with hundreds of products deployed in the most remote and hostile locations around the world, has renewed its Value Added Reseller (VAR) agreement with ABLE Instruments & Controls Ltd.  The three-year agreement covers the UK & Australia and marks a successful commercial relationship spanning more than a…

  • Gas flaring in the news: July

      This month the Chemicals Industry recognised the need for modernisation of current legislation.  President Obama signed a measure into law that provided federal standards for everyday chemicals.  Electricity production from natural gas-fired power plants is expected to reach a record high this year, as the fuel source remains cheaper than coal and continues to…

  • Fluenta Employee Spotlight: Theresa Franco

    Theresa Franco is an Office Administrator at Fluenta Inc. She has been with Fluenta since the start, and played a pivotal role in setting up the Houston office. Tell us a little about yourself. I was born and raised in Houston, Texas.  I consider myself a friendly person who is introverted at first but once…

  • Flaring regulations series: Russia

    Russia is not only one of the world’s largest producers of oil and gas but is also one of the five largest emitters of greenhouse gases globally.  Whilst the country has a history of poor environmental management, increased awareness of the polluting effects of oil and gas production has led to a recent tightening of…

  • Fluenta and Vector Announce New VAR Sales and Service Partnership

    Fluenta, a global leader in the ultrasonic measurement of flare gas, has signed a Value Added Reseller agreement with Texas-based instrumentation and automation controls specialist Vector Controls and Automation Group. The agreement covers the full Fluenta product range including its key product for flare gas measurement, the 160X Flare Gas Meter. All products and services…

  • Fluenta signs two-year agreement with Statoil

    Fluenta, a global leader in ultrasonic measurement and management technology, today announces a two-year framework agreement with Statoil. The framework agreement positions Fluenta as a preferred supplier of flare gas meters to Statoil, and will streamline the order and delivery process by fixing cost and other contract terms for a period of two years. Sigurd…

  • Flaring regulations series: Nigeria

    Nigeria produces 2.5 million barrels of crude oil every day, making it Africa’s largest producer of oil and the sixth largest oil-producing country in the world.  Latest figures also show that it produces large amounts of natural gas, approximately 1.7 billion standard cubic feet (scf) per year. The Nigerian government is responsible for the regulation…

  • Gas Flaring Regulations: Mexico

    In 2013 the Mexican government introduced a series of reforms that transferred the country’s huge oil and gas resources from the sole control of the state-owned energy firm, Pemex (Petróleos Mexicanos), to other potential stakeholders to open up the market to foreign investment.  The new regulations are expected to reduce emission levels and improve safety…

  • Flaring regulations series: Canada

    According to its individual national determined contribution (INDC) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) following the COP21 Paris Agreement, Canada “is one of the cleanest electricity systems among G-7 and G-20 nations” with almost 80% of its electricity supply emitting no greenhouse gasses (GHGs) at all.   Canada emits 1.6% of…

  • Gas flaring in the news: June 2016

    This month marked a historical shift in the UK Oil & Gas Industry which was faced with the UK’s exit from the European Union.  Brexit marks an uncertain future for the UK’s economy and trade deals, but it is unlikely to have a big impact on the nation’s Oil & Gas Industry because of its…

  • Flaring Regulations Series: China

    China is responsible for almost a quarter of the world’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions each year and is the single biggest polluter of carbon dioxide (CO₂).  More than 1.6 million Chinese citizens are estimated to die each year from illnesses associated with the significant air pollution plaguing many built up areas in China.  In response…

  • Digital Technology for the Oil & Gas Industry

    A recent survey by management consultancy Accenture offers insight into how oil and gas companies are utilising digital technologies and how these technologies will shape the industry in the near future. While the Oil & Gas Industry faces unique technological and operational challenges, the survey’s headline findings show that in many ways it is similar…

  • Flaring Regulations Series: European Union

    Fixed targets for greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions — agreed at the Paris climate conference (COP21) in December 2015 — mean that 195 countries worldwide are now committed to reducing emissions to limit the global temperature rise to 2oC.  The Paris Agreement and additional signatories to the World Bank’s Zero Routine Flaring by 2030 drive shows…

  • Fluenta appoints Stephen Fox as Sales Manager Europe

    Fluenta, a global leader in ultrasonic measurement and management technology, today announces the appointment of Stephen Fox as Sales Manager Europe.  Fox will lead the European sales operation to extend Fluenta into the chemicals market. Before joining Fluenta, Fox has enjoyed a varied career with companies including Tyco, Voith and Hunt Thermal Technologies.  Fox is…

  • Flaring regulations series: Introduction

    As part of Fluenta’s commitment to increased awareness of the negative impact flaring gas has on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, we will be publishing a series of blogs looking at current regulations in several leading flaring nations, to provide insight into best practice. The series will cover countries including Canada, the United States, China and…

  • Gas flaring in the news: May 2016

    The past month has seen a considerable amount of news in the Oil & Gas Industry.  The World Bank initiative “Zero Routine Flaring by 2030” has received important support from countries in the Middle East and North Africa, assisting with the elimination of routine gas flaring.  Israel has now approved a deal that could help…

  • Fluenta Employee Spotlight: Clive Lewis

    Clive Lewis joined Fluenta in September 2015 as a Principal Hardware Engineer, where he designs and develops new Fluenta products.  Clive is an experienced and chartered engineer, and he also holds an MSc in Medical Electronics and an MBA.   Tell us a little about yourself. I am 52 years old.  I am married (Alison…

  • Automation across the board: insights from CEM 2016

    Feedback from the International Conference and Exhibition on Emissions Monitoring (CEM) this year highlighted two perspectives on the necessity of automation for both current and future regulation and monitoring challenges: monitoring fugitive emissions and fine particulate matter.

  • Fluenta appoints new Engineering Director to lead new product deployments

    Fluenta, a global leader in ultrasonic measurement and management technology for the Oil & Gas Industry, today announces the appointment of Dr Neil Bird as Engineering Director to lead Fluenta’s Research and Development (R&D) and engineering activities. Bird will initially focus on the launch of the newest product in the Fluenta flare gas meter range,…

  • Flaring in the news: April 2016

    April saw Kuwaiti oil and gas workers conclude a three-day strike over proposed changes to the public sector payroll system.  A failed global deal in Doha prompted Russia to confirm plans to increase oil production to record highs and an explosion at the Pajaritos plant in Mexico killed three and injured 136. Kuwaiti oil and…

  • Draken Expedition

    The Draken expedition: From Norway to America in a Viking ship

    On April 24th the Draken Harald Hårfagre, the world’s largest Viking ship built in modern times, left her home port of Haugesund, Norway to sail to America on a challenging voyage across the North Atlantic. The expedition aims to explore and relive a mythological sea voyage – the first transatlantic crossing and Viking discovery of the…

  • BP faces questions on environment commitments

    BP faces questions on environment commitments

    BP bosses faced a grilling at this year’s annual general meeting (AGM) over alleged failures to stick to a number of environmental pledges which were made at last year’s AGM. Environmental and social responsibility lobbying charity ShareAction stated its intention to raise a number of issues at the shareholder meeting, relating to both a lack…

  • Fluenta Employee Spotlight: Pola Szolka

    Pola Szolka joined Fluenta in October 2013 as a Purchasing Manager from TBØ, another company in the Vista Holding Group.  In her role Pola manages orders for equipment and materials, ensuring orders arrive on time and in full ready to be manufactured into Fluenta flare gas meters.

     

  • Fluenta and Vanko announce new partnership

    Fluenta has joined forces with Canadian process and analytical instrumentation specialist Vanko, in a Value Added Reseller partnership announced internationally today. The partnership The agreement covers the full Fluenta product range, including the flagship flare gas measurement device: the FGM-160. All products and services will be sold and implemented by Vanko into operators in Western…

  • California gas leak : update

    In January 2016 a natural gas leak at a storage facility in Aliso Canyon, California reached catastrophic proportions, leading to a declared state of emergency in the Los Angeles area. Due to its complex nature, regulators and residents disagreed on how to stop the gas leak. Regulators were unsure about capturing and burning off the natural…

  • Why Punta de Mata’s gas flare is indicative of a wider problem

    Venezuela’s Punta de Mata flare site highlights the world’s continuing problem with gas flaring. While new technology can help, a global and industry-wide commitment to the reduction of flaring is critical if real progress is to be made.   The Venezuelan city of Punta De Mata gained an unenviable reputation at the start of the…

  • Total starts Shetland gas production

    A major new Shetland plant promises to bring gas to two million homes in the UK. French company Total has started production on a massive new gas plant off the coast of the Shetlands. It is the largest construction project of its kind since the London Olympics and could provide enough gas for two million…

  • Fluenta Employee Spotlight: Eduardo Hurtado

    Eduardo Hurtado is a Fluenta Regional Service Manager for the Americas. Eduardo manages onshore and offshore commissioning, maintenance and technological projects for the Americas region. Eduardo ensures Fluenta is compliant with all safety and security regulations, identifying training needs and developing safe work procedures and best practice.   Tell us a little about yourself. Originally…

  • From gas flaring to revenue

    The last two years have been traumatic for the Oil & Gas Industry as prices plunged by more than 60%. In this new era of cheap oil, many producers are having to get creative in terms of revenue generation and management, which is seeing many try to monetise their gas flaring operations. With the changing…

  • Flaring in the News – February 2016

    Amidst current presidential campaigning in the US, President Obama has continued his pursuit to curb climate change, involving a proposal to clamp down on gas flaring. Meanwhile, as bad weather continues to affect the oil and gas industry, work has had to be shut down in the North Sea at the Maersk Oil production site.…

  • California gas leak: a question of measurement and management

    The ongoing natural gas leak at a storage facility in Aliso Canyon, California is reaching catastrophic proportions, and a state of emergency has been declared by Jerry Brown, Governor of California. The leak has undoubtedly already caused long-term damage. The consequences of emitting huge amounts of methane, a global warming pollutant more than 80 times…

  • Companies and governments commit to zero routine flaring by 2030

    November’s COP21 climate change conference in Paris has seen a raft of Oil & Gas companies, oil-producing countries and other organisations – including BP, Germany, Mexico and the State of California – join existing signatories in a pledge to reduce routine gas flaring to zero by the year 2030. The ‘Zero Routine Flaring by 2030’…

  • Gas capture technology could be key to flaring reduction

    The environmental impact of natural gas flaring continues to be a problem in many Oil & Gas producing countries, particularly in regions that lack the technological infrastructure to safely and efficiently capture, transport and utilise the gas released during oil extraction. New developments in technology, however, may be turning this situation on its head.  …

  • Study shines a light on gas flaring

    Energy companies are intentionally releasing vast quantities of methane into the air, according to a new study by researchers at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), which was co-funded by the World Bank. Recently a ruptured storage tank at the Aliso Canyon gas facility in California began spewing natural gas into the atmosphere. In…

  • Flaring in the news

    This month developments in gas flaring have focused on the ‘usual suspects’ – the world’s leading gas flaring regions Nigeria, and North Dakota in the United States. Elsewhere a company has been fined for breaching legislation with its gas flaring practices, but for reasons that may surprise you…   Recognition, but still no grand plan…

  • How Abu Dhabi came to be an Oil & Gas powerhouse

    This week Fluenta is in Abu Dhabi, attending the 2015 Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference (ADIPEC). As the largest event of its type in the Middle East, it is appropriate that it is held in Abu Dhabi, which for the past half century has been one of the region’s leading oil nations. The…

  • Flaring in the news

    Recent bad weather has taken its toll on the Oil & Gas industry in the North Sea, as well as the surrounding countries, and Shell is being investigated by the EPA after residents of Ireland’s west coast were ‘treated’ to an exceptional gas flaring New Year’s Eve display from the controversial Corrib gas plant. In…

  • Oil bosses pledge to limit flaring

    The chief executives of eight leading oil and gas companies held a joint press conference in Paris last week to outline their commitment to tackling climate change – including collaborating to place effective curbs on gas flaring at refineries. The flaring of natural gas, which is released as a by-product of oil extraction and processing,…

  • Nigeria still under flaring scrutiny

    The flaring of “waste” natural gas has long been a contentious issue in the Oil & Gas industry, and at various times certain nations have been subject to greater scrutiny than others. At the close of 2011, figures from the World Bank – based on satellite observations – estimated Nigeria’s overall volume of flared gas…

  • Flaring in the news – October

    The Oil & Gas industry is anything but static. Over the past few months a stream of news concerning the flaring of natural gas suggests that some developments may be bringing about significant changes to the industry. Royalty-free flaring on public and tribal lands A peer-reviewed report issued by Friends of the Earth has stirred…

  • Stavenger – the oil capital of Norway

    As you may know, while Fluenta is headquartered in Cambridge, UK, the company was founded in Haugesund, in the North of Norway, where it developed world-leading flare gas measurement technology following the company’s inception in 1982. Another key area in Norway’s Oil & Gas industry is Stavanger in the south, home to several key industry…

  • Measuring flare gas – the alternatives

    Measuring the volume of flare gas expelled from oil and gas plants is one of the most challenging types of gas flow measurement.  With increased scrutiny from environmental regulators and operational emphasis on plant balance and leak detection, accurate flare measurement has become increasingly critical in developing performance requirements for new and existing facilities. Fluenta…

  • No place for complacency in the oil and gas industry

    The news of an explosion at a gas treatment plant on the west coast of Venezuela was not widely reported in English but nevertheless demonstrates the need for the highest levels of safety in the oil and gas industry. The explosion took place in late August at a processing plant in the Cardon IV Block…

  • Chemical explosion devastates Chinese port

    Government officials, emergency services and local residents gathered together to observe a moment of silence on Tuesday, to pay their respects to those who lost their life in an industrial accident that shocked the world. On Wednesday the night of 12 August several explosions, one of which had the force of more than 20 tons…

  • How much gas is flared and vented worldwide?

    Increased scrutiny from environmental regulators means that accurate flare measurement has never been more crucial to oil extraction operations. The majority of gas released during oil production is utilised or conserved, but many companies, industry bodies, regulators and governments are still pushing for a reduction in emissions. However, global gas flaring and venting is still…

  • Flare measurement – the legislation

    One of the primary reasons for flare measurement is to comply with international legislation around the venting or flaring of gas from oil production facilities. In recent years, with the increase in environmental concerns, such legislation has become more common around the world as the scale of venting and flaring has become clearer. A measure…

  • Why Fluenta moved to Cambridge

    Recently our company re-located its headquarters from Haugesund in Norway to Cambridge in the UK.  This is a serious move for our business and requires the relocation of many senior personnel and their families. So why would a proud Norwegian company move to the UK?  It is certainly not an attempt to hide our heritage…

  • What is Flare Gas and why is it important?

    Exploration for oil and gas is a hazardous business, as any number of events and incidents, including most recently the Deepwater Horizon incident of 2010, attest to.  While the global dependence on fossil fuels continues, so the industry becomes more and more focussed on finding new ways to find and extract oil and gas. Fluenta…

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