Aerial laser technology helps reduce methane emissions in Canadian oil and gas operations

BOZEMAN, Mont.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Bridger Photonics, Inc. (Bridger) today announced that its advanced aerial laser technology, Gas Mapping LiDAR™, is successfully helping to reduce methane emissions, including through a large-scale monitoring program with Canadian oil and gas producer Cenovus Energy Inc. .

Bridger’s Gas Mapping LiDAR detects, locates and quantifies methane emissions and is used by oil and gas operators across North America. Methane emissions from the energy industry represent a significant contributor of greenhouse gases globally, and advances in monitoring technology in recent years have resulted in significantly improved means of detect and measure emissions with increased effectiveness and efficiency.

Cenovus Energy Inc. has partnered with Bridger to perform aerial methane screening across its conventional operations as part of an agency-approved Alternative Fugitive Emissions Management (Alt-FEMP) pilot program. Alberta Energy Regulators. Alt-FEMP allows operators to apply to use state-of-the-art technology, like Bridger’s gas-mapping LiDAR scans, for methane monitoring, rather than the traditional ground crew-based readings that are otherwise currently required by Canadian regulations. In the Cenovus Pilot, Bridger’s sensor mounted on a small plane scans production operations, resulting in images detailed enough to show the location, source and size of methane emissions, allowing Cenovus to prioritize efforts reduction of emissions. In the fourth quarter of 2022, Bridger will perform the final round of gas-mapping LiDAR analyzes for Cenovus, marking the completion of the company’s two-year Alt-FEMP pilot project.

Using the data collected, Cenovus will be able to compare the effectiveness of detecting methane emissions to that of a traditional ground-based approach. The results of the pilot project so far show that methane emissions are dealt with faster and more comprehensively compared to traditional methods.

“Using Gas Mapping LiDAR technology to identify methane emissions has allowed us to achieve significant reductions. However, we still have work ahead of us as we take meaningful steps to reduce our overall greenhouse gas emissions,” said Sean Hiebert, emissions management engineer at Cenovus. “Aerial sensing and quantification technologies remain important tools as we continue to manage methane emissions from our operations.”

Cenovus’ Alt-FEMP pilot consists of multiple scans per year so that methane emissions mitigation efforts can be assessed within a year, as well as between years. “Cenovus has demonstrated how operators can strategically implement an alternative technology to address and reduce emissions more efficiently,” said Bridger Vice President of Operations Ben Losby. “Cenovus’ approach to an Alt-FEMP using multiple scans is a great example of how advanced technologies such as LiDAR gas mapping can help an operator quickly reduce emissions,” Losby added.

About Bridger Photonics, Inc.

Located in Bozeman, Montana, Bridger Photonics, Inc. provides aerial methane detection, location and quantification across the natural gas value chain. The gas-mapping LiDAR was developed with funding from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy and won a 2019 R&D100 award for the technology. Bridger’s mission is to enable clean, safe and streamlined oil and gas operations by providing actionable data for reducing methane emissions. For more information, see