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Flaring in Nigeria
Oil fields produce a mix of oil, water and natural gas. In the past it was standard industry practice to burn off, or flare, the gas if there was no market for it. But this was a waste of a valuable resource and produces carbon dioxide. It can also cause disturbance to local communities that have often grown up around the flare pits.
Since 2002, flaring from SPDC facilities has fallen by more than 60% – due to our work to collect the gas produced with the oil, as well as production losses.
SPDC and its partners continue to invest in reducing flares and have resumed work on many delayed projects and started new ones. SPDC is currently improving or installing associated gas gathering (AGG) facilities at 17 flowstations.
When all this work is completed it will cover over 90% of SPDC’s production potential.