US shale company APA ends routine flaring
US shale producer Apache announced October 11 that it had ended routine flaring from its inland US operations three months ahead of schedule.
APA, the parent company of Apache, in early 2021 spelled out new environmental, social and governance (ESG) goals that included the elimination of routine flaring by year’s end.
“We established an aggressive goal, and I am proud to announce we have achieved the goal ahead of schedule,” APA president John Christmann IV said.
Christmann said the objective was achieved in part by adding new compression systems and optimising operations so that natural gas associated with its oil work could enter gathering systems for later sale. Future wells, he said, will not be brought online unless there is “adequate” takeaway capacity.
APA reported net US production of 242,000 barrels of oil equivalent/day in the second quarter, noting its performance was boosted by output from the Permian shale basin. The Permian shale is the largest oil producer and the second-largest natural gas producer in the Lower 48 US states.
APA has operations in the US, Egypt, the UK and exploration activities offshore Suriname.