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Updated April 2021

Directive 060 requires fugitive emission surveys at a prescribed frequency using either portable organic vapour analyzers (OVA) or optical gas imaging cameras (OGI).  However, a company can apply for an alternative fugitive emission management program (FEMP), which may include using new or emerging technologies to detect fugitive emissions. These technologies may be useful at detecting emissions at a lower cost than the standard methods used today.

The following alternative FEMPs have been approved (locations shown below):

Submitted By Proposal Type Detection Technologies Approx.
# of Sites
Approval Issued & 
Program Start Date
Program End Date Executive Summary
Canadian Natural Resources Limited 2 yr Pilot Aerial and truck methane sensor with OGI follow-up 1000 01-May-20 01-May-22 PDF
Torxen 1 yr Pilot OGI and truck mounted methane sensors 600 01-May-20 01-May-21 PDF
Cenovus 2 yr Pilot Aerial methane sensor with OGI follow-up 400 19-May-20 19-May-22 PDF
Seven Generations  3 yr Full Scale Aerial methane sensor with OGI follow-up 200 08-Jul-20 08-Jul-23 PDF
Canadian Natural Resources Limited 2 yr pilot Aerial and truck methane sensor with OGI follow-up 600 08-Jul-20 08-Jul-22 PDF
Canadian Natural Resources Limited 2 yr pilot Aerial and truck methane sensor with OGI follow-up 900 08-Jul-20 08-Jul-22 PDF

In the map below you will see the locations of the approved alternative FEMPs in Alberta. Click on the coloured blocks to see program details. 

Approved Alternative FEMP Locations

Click on the double arrow in the top left corner of the map to see the legend and map details. 

Click here for a pdf map of the alternative FEMP locations. 

We learned the following from reviewing this year’s alternative FEMP proposals:

  1. Based on program design and the associated emission reduction assessments, alternative FEMP programs may achieve comparable reductions by focusing on detecting high volumes more quickly. 
  2. Our confidence in emission reduction outcomes can be improved by more comprehensive evaluations within a proposal. There are two types of proposals: pilot and full-scale. Unlike full-scale proposals, pilot proposals do not require comprehensive emission reduction evaluations. All of the pilot proposals listed above included third-party evaluations of the emission reductions. 
  3. Some proposals go beyond fugitive emission management and are using the site-level data collected by alternative technologies to evaluate vent gas mitigation opportunities to help meet or exceed methane requirements. 

At the end of each alternative FEMP, companies must submit a comprehensive performance report. These reports include an emission reduction summary, discussion of technology limitations and successes, and a discussion of elements of the program that did not perform as expected. We hope to learn from companies’ successes and failures to inform regulatory changes that might make emissions detections more cost-efficient without sacrificing detection effectiveness. 

Alternative Detection Technologies

The AER does not approve individual alternative detection technologies. We approve alternative FEMPs, which may include alternative detection technologies. For more information on available technologies and technology performance testing, see the following websites: