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Permian Basin Producers: Charting A Cleaner Energy Future

Methane emissions intensity in the Permian Basin has declined almost 70 percent since 2011, as oil and gas production rose over 320 percent, according to an analysis by Texans for Natural Gas (TNG), a project of the Texas Independent Producers and Royalty Owners Association (TIPRO).

Published : November 2021

Related Key Terms:

Permian Basin
Methane Emissions
Methane Intensity

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Key Findings

  • METHANE INTENSITY CONTINUES ON DOWNWARD TREND:  Between 2011 and 2020, methane emissions intensity fell almost 70 percent in the Permian Basin. Since 2011, total oil and gas production in the Permian has increased by over 320 percent.
  • FLARING INTENSITY DECLINE: Flaring intensity in the Permian Basin decreased by over 50 percent from 2019 to 2020.
  • PERMIAN PRODUCTION ROSE DESPITE GLOBAL PANDEMIC: Despite the unusual and unprecedented hurdles the global pandemic presented for oil and gas producers, production in the Permian Basin still managed to increase when compared to 2019, rising over 5 percent.
  • PERMIAN MUCH CLEANER THAN WORLD COMPETITORS: The Permian Basin stands apart from other global producers not only because of its prolific production, but by remaining well below the flaring intensity of other global producers. For example, Russia’s flaring intensity was 239% higher than the Permian Basin, and 143% higher than the United States as a whole.

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