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Estimated Flared Volumes from Satellite Data, 2007-2011

Note on Gas Flaring Satellite Estimates for 2012

Guidance Document: Flaring Estimates Produced by Satellite Observations


Satellite data on global flaring is not yet available for 2012 for a number of reasons.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOOA) has recently launched satellites carrying the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) of detectors which, with appropriate calibration, will improve the quality and accuracy of future estimates of flare gas volumes.

NOAA is currently processing the 2012/2013 data and working to calibrate the data to derive estimates of flare volumes. However, a number of circumstances, including the impact of the US sequester which cut funding for the program, have delayed the process.

The World Bank-led Global Gas Flaring Reduction partnership and NOAA are working to make 2013 gas flare volume estimates available as soon as possible.

 Estimated flared volume from satellite data
Volumes in bcm20072008200920102011Change from 2010 to 2011
Russia52.342.046.635.637.41.8
Nigeria16.315.514.915.014.6-0.3
Iran10.710.810.911.311.40.0
Iraq6.77.18.19.09.40.3
USA 1 2.22.43.34.67.12.5
Algeria5.66.24.95.35.0-0.3
Kazakhstan 2 5.55.45.03.84.70.9
Angola3.53.53.44.14.10.0
Saudi Arabia 3 3.93.93.63.63.70.1
Venezuela2.22.72.82.83.50.7
China2.62.52.42.52.60.1
Canada2.01.91.82.52.4-0.1
Libya3.84.03.53.82.2-1.6
Indonesia2.62.52.92.22.20.0
Mexico 4 2.73.63.02.82.1-0.7
Qatar2.42.32.21.81.7-0.1
Uzbekistan2.12.71.71.91.7-0.2
Malaysia1.81.91.91.51.60.2
Oman2.02.01.91.61.60.0
Egypt1.51.61.81.61.60.0
Total top 201321241271181213.1
Rest of the world2222202019(1.1)
Global flaring level1541461471381401.9

Source: NOAA Satellite data

       

1. Includes N. Dakota

2. Reported much lower

3. Incl share of Neutral Zones

4. Reported much higher

 


Last updated: 2014-01-10




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