C-PREE Researchers Discover More Methane Leakage than Expected on Offshore Oil and Gas Rigs

Aug. 15, 2019

C-PREE postdoc, Stuart Riddick, worked with Prof. Denise Mauzerall (C-PREE), Prof. Michael Celia (PEI), and an international team of researchers to measure powerful greenhouse gas emissions from oil and gas rigs in the North Sea, discovering that current counts underestimate the amount of methane being released into the atmosphere.

"Using a laser-based instrument mounted on small fishing boats, the researchers estimated methane emissions from eight North Sea production platforms off the coasts of England and Scotland. Contrary to current expectations, they found that all the sampled offshore installations leaked even when they were not conducting operations expected to cause methane emissions."

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