Quantifying fugitive gas emissions from an oil sands tailings pond with open-path FTIR measurements [post]

Yuan You, Samar G. Moussa, Lucas Zhang, Long Fu, James Beck, Ralf M. Staebler
2020 unpublished
Abstract. Fugitive emissions from tailings ponds contribute significantly to facility emissions in the Alberta Oil Sands, but details on chemical emission profiles and the temporal and spatial variability of emissions to the atmosphere are sparse, since flux measurement techniques applied for compliance monitoring have their limitations. In this study, open-path Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy was evaluated as a potential alternative method for quantifying spatially representative
more » ... epresentative fluxes for various pollutants (methane, ammonia, and alkanes) from a particular pond, using vertical flux gradient and inverse dispersion methods. Gradient fluxes of methane averaged 3.7 g m−2 d−1 but were 40 % lower than nearby eddy covariance measurements, while inverse dispersion fluxes agreed to within 11 %. Significant NH3 emission fluxes were observed (0.11 g m−2 d−1 (92 tonnes y−1)), and total alkane fluxes were estimated to be 1.33 g m−2 d−1 (1120 tonnes y−1), representing 12 % of the facility emissions.
doi:10.5194/amt-2020-257 fatcat:ssshzpnlxfhixg3343kajttvcm