Houston-based Apache Corp. is expanding its partnership with LongPath Technologies Inc. to build its continuous methane emissions monitoring in the Permian Basin.


The APA Corp. subsidiary first partnered with LongPath last fall to use its monitoring systems at dozens of Apache drilling sites. Now, the Houston-based independent plans to employ LongPath’s monitoring systems for about 60 Permian facilities. 

Apache was “looking for a technology that provided real-time monitoring and volume quantifications,” said Vice President Jessica Jackson, who oversees Environment, Health and Safety. “LongPath’s technology provides our teams with the data needed to achieve meaningful emissions reductions while meeting global energy needs in more innovative and sustainable ways.”

Last October, Apache said it had achieved one of its environmental, social and governance (ESG) goals three months ahead of schedule to end routine flaring across all of its U.S. onshore operations. Most of the company’s Lower 48 developments are in the Permian Basin. 

During the fourth quarter earnings call, management said it would be adding on to its ESG goals. One is to push to further reduce emissions over the next three years through the company’s long-term incentive program.

For 4Q2021, APA reported net production of 228,000 boe/d in the United States, down about 2.2% from the same period the year prior.