Why Convert Methane?

Methane is an extremely potent greenhouse gas. According to the EPA, methane has a warming effect roughly 25X greater than an equal volume of carbon dioxide over a 100 year period. In the short term this effect is much more pronounced. 

With large volumes of methane emissions it is necessary to flare this gas. In some instances it can be economically practical to capture this gas and compress it for use. Both of these solutions are costly to install and run, as well as requiring significant infrastructure to support.

The catalytic conversion of methane, as shown by the prototype Metan has created, can be achieved on remote installations with no infrastructure support. These units are industry certified to be safely operated in the proximity of active oil and gas wells.  

Surface Casing Vent Flows:

Low Flow Methane Emissions

 

Throughout the US, Canada, and the rest of the world there are oil and natural gas wells which at the time of drilling or later in life have developed leaks or emissions from wellheads or casing vents.  In many jurisdictions, the methane is released to the atmosphere. 

Currently there are no economically viable solutions to dealing with these flows or other smaller gas releases such as storage tanks or pneumatic devices.  The quantities are too small to justify capture and significant infrastructure is needed to install a flaring system. These types of vents simply allow the methane to flow to the atmosphere resulting in a significant greenhouse gas effect and global climate change.