Most popular existing flaring solutions are NGl recovery:striping natural
liquids from the natural gas and liquifying natural gas (LNG) to deliver it to the market.
Both of these solutions are very expensive on CAPEX and may not prove to be economically
feasible. Dealing with the liquids is very expensive when thinking about transportation,
stability and price. Because of inconsistent gas volumes and pressure, it is also hardly
possible to predict the project's economical side. Power generation does not prove to work by
itself because of regulatory difficulties to sell power to the grid and lack of power line
Slow Infrastructure development problem
It may take a few years to develop and build all needed infrastructure to
solve flaring on scale such as gathering lines, pipelines, power lines, gas processing
facilities, etc and usually when it is built the problem still exists because of the higher
production volume and therefore higher flaring numbers.
Some of the solutions do not solve a flaring problem completely.
NGL recovery for example just strips rich BTU liquids from flared gas but the lean gas flaring
still occurs. This type of flaring reduces the CO2 emissions by an insignificant amount.
Flaring releases significant greenhouse gas emissions into the atmosphere and doesn't produce
any work (useful energy) as a result.