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Conservation projects support methane emissions reduction effort

October's Oilfield Report takes a look at Tundra Oil & Gas

Since the first commercial well was drilled in Manitoba in 1951, Manitoba’s oil and gas industry has been flaring natural gas that is produced along with the oil.

On September 14, 2022, Tundra Oil & Gas Limited (Tundra) joined Steel Reef Infrastructure Corp. (Steel Reef) for a groundbreaking event celebrating their shared goal of delivering sustainable energy. The 2023 commissioning of essential energy infrastructure in Manitoba will ship associated gas into Steel Reef’s gas gathering system, where it will be processed for home and industrial use.

In 2021, Tundra completed the first of two key gas conservation projects. These projects were supported by Natural Resources Canada Emissions Reduction Fund and Steel Reef, allowing flared gas to be conserved and transported to Saskatchewan for processing, removing greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to taking 55,000 passenger vehicles off the road for an entire year. It’s an exciting step for industrial emissions in the province and Tundra was pleased to have made the vision a reality.

“This project is a significant milestone for Tundra, driving down emissions by creating infrastructure that turns waste gas into useful products like natural gas and propane for homes,” said Jane Mactaggart, President and CEO, Tundra.

“We are happy to invest in our first gas conservation project in Manitoba,” said Austin Voss, Chief Operating Officer, Steel Reef. “With this project, our team is building essential infrastructure that helps reduce emissions from oil production in the Sinclair area. We are pleased to work with Tundra and Natural Resources Canada, through the Emissions Reduction Fund, to invest in meeting important environmental commitments, creating jobs and supporting a lower-carbon future.”

These types of projects help to maintain skilled personnel and jobs in the oil and gas sector, and across clean energy technology and service sectors, including transport, manufacturing, trades, and construction. The North Gas Conservation Project further helps lower emissions by creating infrastructure that turns waste gas into useful products like natural gas and propane for homes.

With engineering design work, environmental reviews, and regulatory submissions already completed, construction is now underway with commissioning expected in 2023!

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