U.S. Energy’s Pipeline Project is Proactive Approach in Reducing Flaring
U.S. Energy Development Corporation recently completed the LLM South B, LLM South C, LLM North A, Sola Vaca Norte A, Hideaway Ranch A and Hideaway Ranch E midstream infrastructure development projects located in the Eagle Ford Shale. The $607,000 pipeline project is a proactive approach by U.S. Energy to reduce flaring, thereby decreasing the firm’s carbon footprint.
Often the economics of laying pipelines do not justify the value gained from selling the gas, which results in the gas being flared. As the Texas Railroad Commission continues to increase pressure on upstream companies to reduce flaring, U.S. Energy pegged this project as an opportunity to get ahead of the curve by eliminating its Eagle Ford area flaring.
“Flaring reduction has been an initiative of ours for over the past six months,” says Kevin Duncan, U.S. Energy’s vice president of operations. “Tying in the LLM, SVNA and Hideaway Ranch A & E pipelines eliminates the flares from some of our most significant gas producers.”
Since December 2020, this project and similar developments have reduced field flaring by a total of 88 percent. The firm’s goal is to eliminate its flaring in the basin by the end of 2021.
“We are working in respect to recent RRC rulings to ensure this 3.4-mile pipeline project continues to be as environmentally friendly as possible,” said Jordan Jayson, CEO and chairman of the board for U.S. Energy.
In 2020, U.S. Energy incorporated completion technologies which cut its projected freshwater usage by almost 1,500,000 barrels and reduced more than 70,000 gallons of anticipated diesel fuel which lowered carbon emissions by some 800 tons across the firm’s SVNA 6-well pad frac and University Lands 43 20 3-well pad frac projects.