Natural Gas Flaring

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Gas flaring is the disposal of unwanted associate natural gas released from an oil field by burning it. It is widely used where there is no infrastructure to make use of the gas. However, it is widely recognized as a waste of energy and as environmentally dangerous in contributing carbon emissions to the atmosphere.[1]

The top four "flarers" internationally by the Global Gas Flaring Project (GGFP)'s 2011 statistics were Russia, Nigeria, Iran and Iraq. However according to Iraq Oil Report, gas flaring is a global problem on the descent as producing countries are increasingly magnetizing the gas in a maturing market for the fuel. Between 2009-2012 the practice saw a 22 percent decrease on a global level, despite outliers such as Iraq where the level increased.[2]

Gas Flaring Around the World


Main article: Natural Gas Flaring in Ghana


Main article: Natural Gas Flaring in Iraq


Main article: Natural Gas Flaring in Uganda


  1. Global Gas Flaring EstimatesNOAA, retrieved 15 February 2012.
  2. Wasted money, global concern over Iraq’s persistent gas flaringIraq Oil Report, 1 November 2011.