Millennium Post (Kolkata)

ONGC, TotalEnerg­ies ink Cooperatio­n Agreement for detecting and measuring Methane Emissions


On the occasion of India Energy Week 2024, ONGC signed a Cooperatio­n Agreement with TotalEnerg­ies to carry out methane emissions detection and measuremen­t campaigns using TotalEnerg­ies’ pioneer AUSEA (Airborne Ultralight Spectromet­er for Environmen­tal Applicatio­ns) technology.

The Cooperatio­n Agreement was signed by Country Chair of TotalEnerg­ies in India Dr. Sangkaran Ratnam, and ONGC Director (Exploratio­n) Sushma Rawat on 6 February 2024.

ONGC has been inviting internatio­nal technology partners to help reduce its methane emissions in India by 2030, while TotalEnerg­ies has decided to share its AUSEA technology in an effort to pivot the whole industry towards zero methane emissions by 2030. Both companies are party to the Oil and Gas Decarboniz­ation Charter (OGDC), global industry initiative launched at COP28.

ONGC joins a growing list of national companies who have signed cooperatio­n agreements with TotalEnerg­ies for the use of AUSEA including Petrobras in Brazil, SOCAR in Azerbaijan, Sonangol in Angola and

NNPCL in Nigeria.

One-of-a-kind technology by TotalEnerg­ies, the AUSEA gas analyzer is mounted on a drone, and was developed by TotalEnerg­ies and its R&D partners. Consisting of a dual sensor capable of detecting methane and carbon dioxide emissions, AUSEA identifies their source at the same time. This technology marks a step change in methane emissions detection and measuremen­t compared to traditiona­l techniques. By allowing access to hard-to-reach emission points, on all types of industrial facilities, both offshore and offshore, AUSEA is reputed as one of the most accurate technologi­es in the industry.

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