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ExxonMobil’s XTO Energy Announces Progress on Methane Emissions Reduction Program

ExxonMobil’s XTO Energy Announces Progress on Methane Emissions Reduction Program

  • Methane emissions reduced by 9 percent since 2016
  • Two-thirds of high-bleed pneumatics phased out to date through voluntary program
  • Contributes to ExxonMobil’s measures to reduce emissions by 15 percent by 2020


WASHINGTON, D.C. – ExxonMobil subsidiary XTO Energy today said it has reduced methane

emissions from its operations by 9 percent since 2016, demonstrating significant progress in its

methane emissions reduction program and other initiatives.


Of that amount, a reduction of close to 4 percent, or more than 7,200 metric tons of methane, was

achieved through XTO’s voluntary program and other operational improvements, XTO President Sara

Ortwein said at the World Gas Conference in Washington, D.C. Across ExxonMobil operations, the

reduction equates to a 2 percent reduction.


Through its continued efforts, XTO will contribute to ExxonMobil’s measures to reduce methane

emissions across its worldwide operations by 15 percent by 2020.


In 2017, XTO implemented a methane management program to mitigate emissions associated with its

operations. The program includes a commitment to phase out high-bleed pneumatic devices over

three years, extensive personnel training, research and facility design improvements for new



“Over the past nine months, we’ve gained significant insight from the data collected through our

methane management program,” said Ortwein. “We are building on what we have learned to make

continued progress in reducing emissions and identifying areas for further improvement.”

To date, XTO has phased out approximately two-thirds of existing high-bleed pneumatic devices

across its U.S. operations. Low-emission design technologies are also being deployed in new

developments, such as in the Permian Basin in west Texas and New Mexico. These technologies

include improved tank emission control design and installing instrument air packages, which use

compressed air instead of natural gas to actuate pneumatic controllers, at new tank batteries and

compressor stations.


Through the company’s expanded leak-detection-and-repair program, progress has been made in

verifying data and identifying components with high potential for leakage, and this data will be used to

continue to prioritize equipment for replacement or implementation in new designs.

In April, XTO began a pilot program at its James Ranch facility in New Mexico to evaluate new

technologies in its efforts to reduce emissions. The facility incorporates low-emission technologies and

will serve as a model for future development.