Septimus natural gas plant in B.C. Photo courtesy Canadian Natural.
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Using solar and more efficient compressor engines: Canadian Natural

Canadian Natural reduces emissions at its B.C. natural gas plants using solar, hydro and REMVue fuel management systems.

The Septimus and Noel Natural Gas Processing Plants owned by Canadian Natural Resources Limited (Canadian Natural) reduce emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2), methane and nitrogen oxides (NOx) by using hydroelectricity instead of natural gas to drive electric compressor motors. Since it started operation in 2011, the Septimus plant has avoided emitting 355,226 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e). The Noel plant has avoided emitting 59,949 tonnes of CO2e since Canadian Natural gained ownership of the plant in 2014. Canadian Natural also uses solar power at many remote well sites.

In addition, several of Canadian Natural’s natural gas plants in B.C. have REMVue units attached to their compressor engines. These units include a fuel management system that tightly controls the mixture of air and fuel gas going into the engine (like vehicle fuel injection), lowering the emissions created from engine operation. Adding REMVue technology has increased engine efficiency by 15 per cent on average. B.C.’s provincial offset standards and carbon pricing are helping drive this innovative offset project.