Gas flaring hit a record low in the U.S. last fall—a trend that Artem Abramov, head of shale research for Rystad Energy, expects will continue.

“Based on what we hear from some E&P companies when we talk to them, I have a high degree of confidence that gas flaring will continue to decline in the next two to three years,” Abramov told Hart Energy in an exclusive interview.

Abramov recently authored a report for Rystad Energy on the decline in onshore gas flaring in the U.S., which plummeted in the third quarter to its lowest level since at least 2012. The nosedive was led by improved flaring practices in the Permian Basin and Bakken through a combination of improved takeaway capacities, investor expectations and COVID-related impacts, according to the Rystad report.

US onshore natural gas wellhead flaring by oil basin and month Rystad Energy graph

“All large independent producers, they now have quite tangible targets,” Abramov added. “They plan to eliminate routine flaring completely, at latest by 2025 and in exceptional cases by 2030. Right now, many of them are not there yet so there is still some room for improvement.”

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