bp’s new, state-of-the-art Grand Slam facility near Orla, Texas marks a significant step for the company’s aims to reduce emissions and enhance production while improving reliability of bp’s Permian assets.
In 2018, a $10.5 billion deal with BHP added high-quality, world-class shale assets to bp’s portfolio. But the team needed to align existing production and legacy facilities with bp’s aims and ambition.
Since acquiring the assets, bp’s flaring intensity has decreased dramatically. As recently as the fourth quarter of 2019, flaring in the Permian Basin was around 16%. Today, it’s less than 2% and dropping.
Grand Slam is an electrified central oil, gas, and water handling facility that reduces operational emissions, in part by replacing gas-driven equipment, compressors and generators. It’s also highly automated, enabling near real-time status of operating conditions resulting in fewer operational upsets.
Grand Slam is the largest infrastructure project to date for bp’s US onshore business and a leading design concept. It’s anticipated that over 75% of bp’s Permian operated wells will be electrified by the end of 2021 and over 95% by 2023.
bp is also actively improving its methane detection and monitoring programs. Along with drone and aerial monitoring surveillance – including high-resolution and infra-red camera coverage – we are piloting continuous methane monitoring technologies.