Concho

Working to Improve Air Quality

Concho continually monitors and manages greenhouse gas (GHG) and other emissions from our operations. We have installed emission control and gas capture equipment at facilities that account for more than an estimated 85% of our production.  In addition, we have invested an estimated $45 million gross in emission control equipment, including vapor recovery towers, vapor recovery units, combustors, flares, lease automatic custody transfer units and closed vent systems for tank batteries. This investment has reduced methane and volatile organic compounds (VOC) from crude oil production and storage at each of our facilities. 

Transporting production by pipeline is not only efficient, but helps us reduce emissions and our reliance on trucks for transportation of our crude oil production.  Our efforts to transition crude oil production from trucks to pipeline have been particularly successful. Companywide, we have approximately 85% of our crude oil production transported via pipeline.

We continue to take steps to reduce emissions from our current operations and future projects and view this reduction as an important component of our asset development. Steps we have taken include: integrating GHG emissions management throughout our operations, focusing on improving efficiencies and working to discover new technologies to prevent GHG emissions. Although we are proud of our progress to date, we will continue to pursue challenging goals to isolate and prevent GHG emissions.

We believe we can be a successful operator while minimizing fugitive emissions. Below are some of the efforts we are undertaking:

  • Annually meet requirements for reporting GHG emissions to the EPA.
  • Reduce air emissions, including VOC and methane, under the EPA’s New Source Performance Standards Quad O and Quad Oa.
  • Reduce air emissions under the National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants.
  • Operate in compliance with air permits and authorizations from state agencies in Texas and New Mexico.
  • Perform maintenance and repairs on emissions control equipment by dedicated operation teams.
  • Conduct monthly third-party verification of emissions control equipment performance.
  • Monitor facility fugitive emissions using latest technologies in leak detection, including infrared cameras, to minimize such fugitive emissions from operations.