Better ways to sense oil and gas methane emissions - satelilte and airborne

.......and feeding data into companies' emissions management systems 0

Friday, November 17, 2023, Webinar, Online

Flaring and methane emissions continue to be a major issue for the oil and gas industry, with Regulators paying increasing attention, and an area where there is a large amount of technological development.

In this webinar, we'll look at developments in monitoring, characterisation and measurement of both flaring and emissions using increasingly sophisticated sensors on satellites and drones(UAVs), and using lasers on land (either as fixed ground stations or carried by ‘walkers’).

We'll also focus on how the data from these systems can be integrated into companies' wider emissions monitoring, reduction and communications schemes - since the value of data depends on how easy it is to use.

Times in agenda below are UK time



Karl Jeffery - editor - Finding Petroleum

Welcome & Introducton

Karl Jeffery is editor and co-founder of Digital Energy Journal, and conference producer of Finding Petroleum. He is also publisher of Carbon Capture Journal and Tanker Operator, and co-founder of Digital Ship, a publishing and events company covering digital technology for the deep sea maritime industry. He has a BEng in chemical engineering from Nottingham University

Finding Petroleum
Finding Petroleum was established to help the oil and gas industry network, and stay up to date on the latest technological developments. It does this via hosting regular events and with an online social network of nearly 10,000 members.

Jean-Francois Gauthier - Vice-President Strategy - GHGSat

Towards Global Transparency: How Satellites are changing the monitoring of emissions at industrial sites

Talk Description.

Constellation of satellites – and collaboration between different available satellite systems – can provide more accurate insight to guide oil and gas operators in driving methane emissions reductions affordably and efficiently.

In October 2016, Jean-Francois joined GHGSat to help commercialize the products and services from their breakthrough satellites around the world and build the sales and marketing organization. He is now responsible for guiding the strategy of the company and leads corporate development activities.

GHGSat is the global leader in high-resolution remote-sensing of greenhouse gas from space - an approach it pioneered - and provides unique emissions data and intelligence to businesses, governments, regulators, and investors worldwide, to optimize their performance and uphold environmental standards.


Ben Lunnon-Wood - CEO - Big Sky Theory

Airborne Methane Reconnaissance

Talk Description.
Big Sky Theory (BST) is demonstrating the effectiveness of airborne (UAV) methane reconnaissance. With support from the UK's National Physical Laboratory, BST is breaking new ground in fast, safe and efficient emissionns detection and characterisation.

Methane, we're coming for you!!
Big Sky Theory aims to put you, the client, first. Rather than propose assumption-based solutions, our aim is to tailor drone consultancy to meet your requirements. Engagement and flexibility are key to us working successfully with you, especially in newer areas of drone operations.

Big Sky Theory
After a decade of drone operations in both military and commercial sectors, Ben Lunnon-Wood established Big Sky Theory to share his knowledge and experience via consultancy.


Driven by remotely piloted innovation, Big Sky Theory can assist organizations, both large and small, to fully harness the potential of drone operations whilst developing airspace integration doctrine.


Big Sky Theory can also offer airborne inspection services (photography and videography) encompassing all planning and risk assessments, liaison and engagement with local authorities and the provision of detailed reports and lessons identified. The product aligned to user requirements supported by customer inclusion and open dialogue.

David Bamford - Director - Finding Petroleum

Q&A followed by Close no later than 1415

David Bamford is well known around the oil & gas industry both as an explorer and a geophysicist. He holds a Physics degree from the University of Bristol and a Ph.D in Geological Sciences from the University of Birmingham.

Since 2004, he has been a non-executive director at Tullow Oil plc, being recruited for this position especially for his exploration knowledge. He serves on the Nominations and Remuneration Committees, and was chairman of the latter, and Senior Independent Director, for 3 years prior to his retire from the board at the end of April 2014.

He was on the board of Premier Oil from May 2014 to May 2016.

He retired from BP plc in 2003, his last four positions being Chief Geophysicist (1990-1995), Business Unit Leader (General Manager) for first West Africa and then Norway (1995-1999), and finally Head of Exploration until 2003.

He has served on the boards of Paras Ltd, a small exploration and IS/IT consulting company in which he held 22% equity, until its sale to RPS Energy in 2008 and Welltec a/s, a Danish well engineering company, as the nominee of the private equity investor Riverside.

From 2012 to 201 he was on the board of ASX-quoted Australia Oriental Energy as a non-executive director.

He was a founder of Richmond Energy Partners, a small oil & gas research house, and several media companies that focus on the oil & gas sector, and has served as an advisor to Alliance Bernstein, Opus Executive, the Parkmead Group plc, and Kimmeridge Energy LLP. Since retiring from BP, he has undertaken asset and company valuation projects for investment banks, hedge funds and small oil companies.

Finding Petroleum
Finding Petroleum was established to help the oil and gas industry network, and stay up to date on the latest technological developments. It does this via hosting regular events and with an online social network of nearly 10,000 members.

Sponsors of this event

Registered Delegates

Martin Cox
ABerdeen Drilling Management Ltd
United Kingdom
Lawrence Jackson
Senior Account Executive
United Kingdom
Try Abednego
Sr Specialist
S&P Global
Scott Yager
VP Environment
United States
Sergio Pedraza

S&P Global
Neil Hopkins
Data Manager
CalEnergy Resources Ltd
United Kingdom
Sakkthi Ganthan Nadarajashivan
Mechanical Engineer
MMC Oil & Gas
Emilia Dobb

S&P Global
United Kingdom
Alice Burrell
Remote Sensing specialist
United Kingdom
Jonathan Helmore
Senior Research Scientist
National Physical Laboratory
United Kingdom
Susana Santos
Emissions Researcher
S&P Global Commodity Insights
Julian Bessa
VP Exploration
Echo Energy plc
United Kingdom
Laurence Ormerod
Ormerod Consulting Ltd
United Kingdom
Derrick Piater
Senior Manager: Production Operations
South Africa
Jacob M√łnster
Sr. project manager
FORCE Technology
Carlo Buscaglia
Subsurface Team Lead
United Kingdom
Nigel Sams
Business Development & Sales - Energy
Siemens Digital Industries
Graham Sadler
G J Sadler Consulting Ltd
United Kingdom
Frederic Yeterian
Philax International (UK) Ltd
United Kingdom
Gabby Watson
ESG Consultant
United Kingdom
James Howe

Howe Geology, LLC
United States
Tasnika Goorhoo

S&P Global
South Africa
Mark Davis

United Kingdom
Mischa Gehlen
Petroleum Geochemist
United Kingdom
Tomos Phillips

S&P Global
United Kingdom
Janice Weston
Weston Stratigraphic Ltd
United Kingdom