The reason natural gas is flared off in high % from so many fields espaecialy overseas. Can be two fold A. it is sour gas (h2s)
B. It is considered a waste by product of the oil production process in areas where the infra structure is not in place or cost effective to put in place, but the oil has been found and must be produced to make back the revenue. especialy with the current high exploration costs.
This might seem like a very wastfull and live for today type attitude being taken by oil companys. Well thats only because it is. But this resource is being sought out by buisness. not the world conglomiration for resource managment. So that will not change.
Imagine if you will in an overseas market ifone oil company was given driling and production rights on a given area For ten years only
by the government. At the end of which the third world country reclaims its it established oil fields and is now an indipendant oil producing nation.
Now if you were that oil company what is your main objective to in how to manage the resource. Answer Get the $ out of the ground as fast as possible.
The gas is most often flared at source direct from the wells at sea Not just during th production process on shore.
ECONOMICS Runs the world oil is no different.
Personaly i think it is imoral , But I still work for them .
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