EGU General Assembly 2020
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Can non-Methane hydrocarbons inform oil and gas emissions studies?

Scott Herndon, Conner Daube, Jordan Krechmer, Francesca Majluf, Edward Fortner, Christoph Dyroff, and Tara Yacovitch
Scott Herndon et al.
  • Aerodyne Research, Inc., Littleton, United States of America (

Recently, the Aerodyne Mobile Laboratory quantified emissions of methane from oil and gas production sites in two very different oil and gas “plays”. The emission profile of non-methane hydrocarbons shows differences that are associated with the geologic source itself. Further analysis reveals that variations in the non-methane hydrocarbon profile can be exploited to pinpoint the specific piece of equipment that is emitting methane.  The mobile lab was outfitted with tunable infrared laser direct absorption spectrometers and a high resolution Vocus proton transfer reaction mass spectrometer.    This presentation will illustrate the key points with empirical examples and examine methods to attribute observed methane emission sources.      

How to cite: Herndon, S., Daube, C., Krechmer, J., Majluf, F., Fortner, E., Dyroff, C., and Yacovitch, T.: Can non-Methane hydrocarbons inform oil and gas emissions studies?, EGU General Assembly 2020, Online, 4–8 May 2020, EGU2020-10810,, 2020

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