The Nigerian National Petroleum Company Ltd. (NNPC Ltd.) has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with TotalEnergies to adopt and deploy a methane detection technology known as Airborne Ultralight Spectrometer for Environmental Application (AUSEA) in all its upstream operations.
This was confirmed in a press release published on the company’s official X (formerly Twitter) handle.
The agreement, a direct outcome of the Company’s participation in the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP28) in Dubai, aims to assess and curb methane emissions, contributing to global efforts to combat climate change.
Under the MoU, NNPC Ltd. will leverage TotalEnergies’ AUSEA technology to measure methane emissions from its upstream operations sites. The data collected will be used to formulate emission reduction measures.
The signing ceremony was attended by key executives, including NNPC Ltd.’s Group Chief Executive Officer, Mele Kyari, and TotalEnergies’ Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Patrick Pouyanné.
Mele Kyari praised TotalEnergies as a longstanding and dependable partner, expressing optimism about exploring more opportunities in Nigeria’s energy sector.
Patrick Pouyanné highlighted TotalEnergies’ commitment to responsible hydrocarbon production and commended NNPC Ltd. for its successful transition to a limited liability company.
Oritsemeyiwa Eyesan, NNPC Ltd.’s Executive Vice President, Upstream, explained that the TotalEnergies AUSEA technology’s pilot phase would begin on NNPC Ltd.’s owned operations. The collaboration is expected to enable the implementation of methane abatement measures and enhance environmental sustainability.
The AUSEA technology offers various benefits, including the identification of emission sources, improvement of reporting processes, data provision for operational system review, and estimation of flare combustion efficiency. The initiative aligns with global efforts to address climate change and reduce the environmental impact of energy operations.