The approximately one per cent drop is almost identical to the one seen in 2010, when flaring was reduced to 194.3 million cubic metres from 203.2. Flaring levels are down 3.9 per cent since 2011, and 38 per cent since 1996.
The OGC explains that flaring levels are dependent on a number of factors, and fluctuations in recent years can be explained by the increase in production and decrease in certain types of drilling. For instance, flaring at production facilities increased 19 per cent between 2011 and 2012, while there was a 99.3 per cent decrease in flaring from underbalanced drilling.
The Crown Corporation says it will continue to work with operators to “ensure all flaring, venting and incinerating reduction options are considered.”