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Project Status: complete

Report Published January 1983:

Title: Emission characteristics of crude oil production operations in California.

Contractor: KVB, Inc.

Contract Number: A8-127-31

Research Program Area: Emissions Monitoring & Control

Topic Areas: Stationary Sources


An inventory was conducted of the average annual emissions of air pollutants; NOx, SOx, CO, particulate matter and hydrocarbons; from oil production operations in the state of California. The emissions were generated on a lease-by-lease basis and aggregated and reported by (1) oil field (with associated geographical location), (2) County, and (3) Air Basin. Preparation of this emission inventory involved field surveys of representative production sites for equipment inventorying; field tests of oil field IC engines and heaters for emission factor development; and processing of extensive data from the California Division of Oil and Gas, the American Petroleum Institute, and other sources for emissions calculation.

On the basis of this program it was concluded that the emissions from oil production in California are a significant portion of the total emissions from stationary sources. In the South Coast Air Basin alone, oil production accounted for 18% of the CO, over 3% of the NOx, 2% of the SOx, over 3% of the hydrocarbons and less than 1% of the particulate stationary sources emissions during the 1979 study year.


For questions regarding this research project, including available data and progress status, contact: Heather Choi at (916) 322-3893

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