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Reducing our emissions using A.I. and real-time data

In partnership with Qube Technologies, we are pleased to bring artificial intelligence and continuous monitoring to emissions management at ARC. Through Qube’s sensor system, air quality around our sites will be constantly measured, providing real-time data that enables remediation efforts and lower fugitive methane emissions. In the coming months, several ARC sites will be equipped with Qube’s emissions detection sensors to enhance our monitoring practices to enable ARC to meet and potentially exceed provincial and federal methane targets.

This technology application was made possible in part by the Clean Resource Innovation Network (CRIN). CRIN is a diverse pan-Canadian network of energy producers, innovators, technology vendors, academia, research institutes, financiers and government focused on addressing energy challenges to improve both environmental performance and competitiveness. Through CRIN’s Digital Oil & Gas Technology Competition, high-impact digital solutions like this are eligible to receive federal government funding. We are pleased to partner with Qube on this successful collaboration and look forward to its implementation.

Responsible development at ARC

As part of our commitment to being a responsible developer, we look for opportunities to reduce our environment footprint through the application of clean technologies. We are proud to have among the lowest GHG emissions intensities in our peer group. In 2020, we achieved a 16% reduction in GHG intensity, relative to our 2019 baseline. Moving forward, we set emissions targets* in Q3 2021 to continue improving our environmental performance:

  • Reduce Scope 1 and Scope 2 GHG emissions intensity by 20% and absolute emissions by a minimum of 70,000 metric tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent by 2025 through emissions-reduction projects.
  • Reduce overall methane emissions intensity by 20% by 2025.
*Emissions-reduction targets have been set relative to the combined 2019 emissions profiles for ARC and Seven Generations. The 2019 baseline has also been adjusted to remove emissions associated with ARC’s Pembina asset which was disposed of in the second quarter of 2021 and emitted approximately 165,000 metric tCO2e in 2019.

About the technology

Qube uses low-cost, high-sensitivity sensors to continuously and autonomously measure a host of gases in real-time to detect emissions faster than traditional industry approaches. Without continuous monitoring, emission leaks can continue unabated for months, undermining environmental relief efforts with an associated cost of lost production to operators. Qube analyzes field data with the help of artificial intelligence and, by combining gas measurements, atmospheric data, and other operational inputs, can locate and quantify different leaks by emission source and severity.

Qube is a Calgary based start-up developing a low-cost environmental surveillance platform. Qube’s mission is to help primary industries, such as oil and gas, cost effectively detect, quantify, and reduce methane and other emissions. Qube is currently working with some of the leading operators across Western Canada and has support from a wide range of investors and government bodies.

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