Electricity production as an effective solution for associated petroleum gas utilization in the reformed Russian electricity market

Evgenia Vanadzina, Olga Gore, Satu Viljainen, Veli-Pekka Tynkkynen

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    Abstract

    Russia leads the list of countries in which most flaring occurs, with an estimated 15-37 BMC of associated petroleum gas (APG) being burned in Siberian oil fields annually. In view of the environmental impact of flaring and ineffective use of energy resource, fees for flaring are being increased from 2012. Significantly increased fines pose a challenge for oil producers, which have focused only on oil production. A number of solutions for utilizing APG are currently used in Russia: processing of APG in gas processing plants, re-injection of gas back into the oil field, and production of heat and power for the needs of the oil industry. These commonly used options for APG utilization are analyzed and discussed in this paper, taking into account the specific features of the Russian oil and gas market and barriers presented by monopolies in the gas export and gas processing industry. Analysis of the utilization options indicates the appropriateness of APG as a fuel for effective power production within Russia’s reformed electricity market.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalInternational Conference on the European Energy Market
    Volume12
    Number of pages5
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - May 2015
    MoE publication typeA4 Article in conference proceedings
    EventInternational Conference on the European Energy Market - Lisbon, Portugal
    Duration: 19 May 201522 May 2015
    Conference number: 12th (EEM15)

    Fields of Science

    • 213 Electronic, automation and communications engineering, electronics
    • 1172 Environmental sciences
    • 511 Economics

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