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Methane emissions from CSG well completion activities

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Publication Date: 
May 2017

Before 2017 no public data were available on methane emissions from coal seam gas well completions specific to Australian operations. So our department provided funding to CSIRO Energy to undertake a study to determine CH4 emissions from actual well completions.

The aim of this study was to measure fugitive methane emissions from well completion and workover activities at both hydraulically fractured and non-fractured wells. This would assist us in developing Australian-specific emission factors for these operations.

We used the results of this study to update the methods in the National Greenhouse Accounts for Australia's 2017 submission to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and under the Kyoto Protocol.

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