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UNITED STATES -- BP has announced plans to eliminate the routine flaring of natural gas in the Permian Basin by 2025, becoming the latest major to take strategic aim at cleaning up its US operations. BP said its flaring target is enabled by its newly invigorated Grand Slam facility, in which it has replaced much of the gas-driven equipment, compressors and generators with an electrified central oil, gas and water handling facility. “Electrification of the field has been a game-changer,” said Kim Krieger, vice president of operations for BP’s shale oil business BPX Energy. “We are cutting emissions while significantly increasing the reliability of our field operations enabling a 20% uplift in production.” BP has worked to align its production with legacy infrastructure, and the net effect has been reduced flaring, the firm said. At the end of 2019, BP had a flaring intensity of 15%, which has dropped down to 2% more recently, BP America CEO David Lawler said in a LinkedIn posting. Whether through voluntary operational shifts or supporting the restoration of federal methane emissions regulations, the industry’s largest companies are taking public positions on their engagement with the energy transition (PIW Dec.11'20).

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