The last few years has seen the E&P industry come under increasing pressure as demands grow for a more sustainable energy system. The response from the E&P industry has initially been to evaluate its operating practices to reduce emissions in oil production, which covers Scope 1 and 2 in the Paris Accord, and further developing the technologies around Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS), which covers Scope 3.

Central to this strategy for meeting Scope 1 and 2 are methods for enhanced recovery, accelerated production, digitisation, waste reduction and the reduced movement of people and equipment.

The good news is that the technologies are already available and in widespread use. The challenge, however, remains to make better use of the available technologies and move from ‘best practices’ to a ‘standard operating procedures’.

Tracer technology is one of these technologies which can help operators achieve all these objectives through the use of risk-free methods to monitor and optimise production through a better understanding of the underground asset. This article will examine the role tracer technologies are playing in the sustainable energy systems of the future.

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