TotalEnergies & GHGSat to Monitor Methane Emissions by Satellite
As part of its commitment to identify, quantify and reduce methane emissions linked to its operations, TotalEnergies is partnering with GHGSat to develop a satellite imaging technology to monitor potential methane leak occurrences at offshore facilities. This new technology, known as “Glint Mode”, annuls interference effects on data acquisition by observing sun glint on the ocean surface. This satellite imaging can be combined with local measurements for which TotalEnergies has developed the ultra-light AUSEA1 drone-mounted spectrometer, considered to be the most accurate in the world.
TotalEnergies and GHGSat have been working together since 2018 to refine methane emissions measurement thresholds in order to detect increasingly smaller emissions so that leaks can be prevented as far upstream as possible. In October 2020, the partners set a world record at TotalEnergies’ TADI2 testing complex, which is equipped with leading-edge detection resources, by successfully quantifying the smallest controlled leak detected to date. TotalEnergies and GHGSat are taking a new step with this initiative and will be conducting six satellite observations in Glint Mode of TotalEnergies offshore sites.
This partnership builds on TotalEnergies’ commitment within the United Nations Environmental Programme Oil and Gas Methane Partnership to reduce the industry’s methane emissions.
GHGSat is a leader in high-resolution remote sensing of greenhouse gases from space. It provides emissions data to businesses, governments and regulators worldwide. Thanks to its exclusive remote detection capabilities and patented technology, GHGSat can monitor individual sites more accurately and precisely and facilitate timely strategic decisions.