How is the $17.6 million allocated across AMEP’s three key components?
The purpose of AMEP is to improve costs, efficiencies, and best practices in methane monitoring for regulatory compliance. Sixty per cent of the $17.6 million fund will go towards Alt-FEMPs, 10 per cent will go towards
Who is eligible to apply to the AMEP?
Companies and joint ventures interested in Alt-FEMP proposal funding as well as new methane monitoring technology providers looking to field test their equipment are welcome to submit applications.
Who should apply to this program?
We strongly encourage monitoring technology providers, oil and gas companies, methane emitters that are required to report to Directive 60, and academia to learn more about the opportunities available to them through this program. Notably, for Alt-FEMPs, the AMEP is structured to give preference and program development and funding support to collaborative programs that involve multiple duty holders.
What is the end goal of AMEP?
The goal of the AMEP is to improve Alberta’s capacity to deliver cost-effective and credible methane emissions reductions. By investigating and testing alternative approaches to detection and quantification of fugitive and vented methane emissions, AMEP will enable diverse stakeholders to participate in a comprehensive, collaborative, and multi-faceted approach to reducing methane emissions.
Who has access to all the acquired data?
AEP and AER will require data derived from the AMEP to review and revise provincial methane strategies, policies, and regulations. The program’s mandate is to engage with multiple stakeholders to design and implement its data management plan. Core to this plan will be the types and format of data collected and the user groups the data are intended to service. The data sharing framework is provided on our website.
I have an established Alt-FEMP ongoing; can I still participate in this AMEP?
Yes, in fact, funding for this program is retroactive to January 1, 2021. However, AMEP funding will be contingent upon the retroactive and prospective contributions of your Alt-FEMP program to the data and information needs of the AEP and AER.
For the New Technology Trials, what Technology Readiness Level (TRL) do I need to be to participate in this project?
We are looking to support New Technology Trials that have had successful lab trials and are ready to proceed with field testing (i.e., TRL 7 or higher).
Are we addressing all methane emissions with this project, or just fugitive emissions from oil and gas operations?
The primary focus of the AMEP is on methane emissions from upstream oil and gas operations. Fugitive emissions comprise a portion of total emissions and understanding all contributions from this sector will be key to ensuring optimum management responses by both industry and its regulators. Other sources of methane will very likely be identified during the AMEP – this information will be used by AEP to better understand the broader suite of methane contributors and with it the options to manage these emissions.