Pemex ramps up gas flaring at field it promised to stop

Pemex ramps up gas flaring at field it promised to stop

At the end of 2022, Petroleos Mexicanos promised it would stop flaring natural gas at a major field in southeastern Mexico by January of this year amid growing pressure to improve its poor environmental record.

However, satellite data is analyzed by scientists solely for Reutersas well as the visit of journalists to the site, show that gas flaring on vast Ixachi field V Veracruz not only continued, but intensified.

According to satellite data, about 1.3 billion cubic feet of gas were flared in January at four flares at the Papan and Perdiz plants to process gas from Iksachi, compared with 1 billion cubic feet in November when the pledge was made.

Satellite imagery showed that the largest increase in burning occurred in papan plant.

“January was the peak of outbreaks in the two largest sources,” he said. Reuters Mikhail Zhizhin is a researcher at the Earth Observation Group at the Paine Institute for Public Policy at the Colorado School of Mines.

Zhizhin said that a preliminary assessment of the latest satellite imagery showed that flame they were still active last week.

pemex, Minister of Energy (Sener) and the Presidium did not respond to requests for comment. The regulator of the hydrocarbon sector, the National Commission on Hydrocarbons (CNH), did not want to produce them.

Reuters reported last year an increase in gas flaring.

Promise to stop burn gas Ixachi comes after months of pressure from regulators, environmentalists and Mexico’s most important trading partner, the United States.

oil company The state government has repeatedly pledged to reduce flaring and eventually comply with regulatory limits, saying its environmental performance also puts access to finance at risk.

However, two sources of Pemex and Sener They said no significant steps had been taken to stop the Ixachi burning since last year.

The November 18 pledge to process the gas instead of flaring was unrealistic, sources said, because the infrastructure at the Papan and Perdiz plants was incomplete and they did not have sufficient capacity to process large quantities of gas.

Investment in infrastructure, such as those needed to process the gas into a form suitable for distribution, take a long time. The process includes the construction of facilities for the removal of pollutants and gas decomposition, as well as infrastructure for storage and transportation.

When Reuters visited factories on the outskirts of the city of Tierra Blanca last week, a month after the deadline set pemex four giant burners were burning.

One in Papan, a yellow flame on a tall thin tower, could be seen from about 10 kilometers away. Two other sources at the Papan plant associated with Perdis said both facilities they operate well below their planned capacity, flaring most of the gas instead of refining it.

The sources spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to speak to the press.

Five local residents who live and work nearby said that the fireplaces were burning almost constantly.

Combustion not only radiates greenhouse gases greenhouse gases that contribute to climate change but waste a valuable resource that could help cut costly imports from the United States.


Source: Aristegui Noticias