Nigerian Gas Flare Tracker

Gas Flare Tracker
Mapping Nigeria's Gas Flares

Estimated totals per year
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(Calculated from incomplete satellite data and calibrated to other available statistics by multiplying yearly totals by 6. Please note this is not done for individual flares in the map above.)
Estimated totals so far this year
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(Calculated from incomplete satellite data and calibrated to other available statistics by multiplying yearly totals by 6. Please note this is not done for individual flares in the map above.)
TIP! Download the raw data we use. It's in a dropdown under the cloud icon.

About the Gas Flare Tracker

When crude oil is extracted from onshore and offshore oil wells it brings with it raw natural gas to the surface.

In Nigeria a vast amount of this is burned directly into the atmosphere. The hazardous air pollutants emitted from gas flaring have been shown to severely impact human health and the ecosystem.

The system uses satellite data measured by the VIIRS instrument (Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite) on board the Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership (S-NPP) satellite.

This initiative is comissioned by the Nigerian Ministry of Environment and managed by NOSDRA. It was created by Stakeholder Democracy Network with software development by Sentido-labs.