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By - Jon Brown

Methane Mitigation
Best Practices, Latest Regulatory & Policy Developments in Reduction Strategies and Analytics for Leak Detection and Repair
February 10-11, 2020 | Westminster, CO

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Overview

Reducing methane emissions from oil and gas operations is among the biggest greenhouse gas bargains in the world.  Capturing and converting the approximately $60 billion in wasted natural resources from leaky pipelines, are an immediate, actionable opportunity to help avert catastrophic climate change and improve a key industry’s climate performance, while boosting operational efficiency.

 

 In our carbon-constrained world, methane emissions are now an intrinsic threat to the oil and gas industry. It is therefore imperative that this industry commits the resources in all forms now to address this enormous risk to their business and, more importantly, our common future.  Methane emissions also result in an estimated $1.3 billion in lost product from flaring each year for the oil and gas industry.  Methane, the primary component of unburned natural gas, can emanate from a variety of sources along the natural gas supply chain, including equipment designed to release methane as a matter of mechanical operation (i.e. venting) and from unintended leaks throughout the system (i.e. fugitives). EUCI’s symposium on mitigating methane emissions will bring together industry leaders to share latest regulatory and policy developments in reducing methane emissions and present delegates with an in-depth analysis on latest methodologies for leak quantification and best practices in leak detection and management to help avert catastrophic climate change and improve a key industry’s climate performance.

Areas of focus include: 

  • Improving operational efficiency while improving climate performance
  • Predictive analytics or data mining for failure detection
  • Using data analytics to target riskiest infrastructure
  • Managing large data sets, greenhouse gas surveys, looking for patterns.
  • Methane regulations: Where do we go from here?
  • Automated leak technologies: Aerial
  • How project developers can initiate, finance and execute methane mitigation projects
  • Latest leak detection methods, cost effective techniques, approaches, which technologies are most effectively being used to quantify and reduce methane emissions including the regulatory side of new technologies, what is accepted, and the process
  • Research and development with alternative fugitive leaks
  • What new approaches to infrastructure development are being used to minimize the industry’s environmental impact?
  • Leveraging finances; rebates for technology programs installation to reduce methane emissions
  • Quantifiable air quality data & monitor input to correctly identify threats to health

Learning Outcomes

  • Utilizing temporary compression to minimize methane emissions
  • Discuss technologies used to reduce methane emissions and their limitations
  • Quantifiable emission reporting
  • Review regulations with methane mitigation
  • Identify methane blowdown & leak mitigation technologies on pipelines & compressor stations
  • Review the implementation of a methane reduction & reporting program
  • Identify how leading companies and regulatory agencies are mitigating emissions from the natural gas value chain and reporting outcomes
  • Assess accounting approaches for different transmission and distribution asset categories
  • Compare measured vented emissions by operating mode – single vs multiple data points
  • Evaluate compression cost to gas lost
  • Discuss pressure reduction (safety considerations)
  • Identify emergent and rapidly improving data analytics
  • Review hot tapping/Line stopping technology to dramatically reduce pipeline blowdowns
  • Identify market opportunities for differentiated gas

Credits

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EUCI has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).  In obtaining this accreditation, EUCI has demonstrated that it  complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard which is recognized internationally as a standard of good practice. As a result of their Authorized Provider status, EUCI is authorized to offer IACET CEUs for its programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard.

EUCI is authorized by IACET to offer 0.9 CEUs for this event.

 

Requirements for Successful Completion of Program

Participants must sign in/out each day and be in attendance for the entirety of the conference to be eligible for continuing education credit.

Instructional Methods

PowerPoint presentations and case studies will be used in program.

Agenda

Monday, February 10, 2020

8:00 – 8:30 a.m. :: Registration & Continental Breakfast


8:30 – 9:15 a.m. :: A Legislative Lens to Methane Mitigation in the Context of Colorado Oil and Gas

Since 2014, Colorado has been at the forefront of methane regulation in the United States. The progressive measures we took five years ago resulted in more than a 50% reduction in methane leaks in the following years. Fast forward to 2019, where the General Assembly passed one of the most ambitious packages of oil and gas regulations the state has seen in years with Senate Bill 181. As we now look ahead, there is much debate about how the new regulations will play out, as well as how Colorado’s greenhouse gas emissions will fair over time–particularly regarding methane. Though this uncertainty brings challenges, it brings opportunities as well. Beneficial electrification capture of coalbed methane, and the prospect of a renewable natural gas standard are all benefits the state could see over the next few years, though there is still a lot of work to do. In this discussion, Representative Chris Hansen will talk about the challenges and opportunities of methane mitigation in the context of Colorado’s energy sector as well as a national outlook.

Objectives:

  • Colorado’s progress on methane regulation in the past decade
  • Challenges and opportunities for future emissions reductions
  • What the future could look like in the new oil and gas regulatory framework

Chris Hansen, Colorado State Senator, Senate District 31, State of Colorado


9:15 – 10:00 a.m. :: Regulations with Methane Mitigation: Where Do We Go from Here?

Now is a critical time for oil and gas producers and policymakers to consider the sector how to reduce methane emissions from the natural gas supply chain. Abundant low-cost natural gas supplies have led to increased consumption of natural gas in the United States. And while once squarely considered a transition fuel, emissions along the natural gas value chain are being more closely scrutinized – particularly as policymakers focus on meeting goals that align with the Paris Agreement. Gaining a better grasp of how-to best measure and reduce methane emissions is critical to sector’s long-term viability in a low carbon energy future.

Develop an Understanding of:

  • Challenges of measuring and identifying sources of methane leakage
  • Technologies used to reduce methane emissions and their limitations
  • Status of state and federal regulation to reduce methane emissions
  • Prescriptive vs. performance-based regulation and impact on innovation
  • Best-in-class examples from the private sector

Attendees Will Learn:

  • The range of possibilities regarding how US oil and gas sector methane emissions may be more strictly regulated in the future
  • Policy structures that might enable faster deployment of new technologies that reduce methane
  • How leading companies and regulatory agencies are mitigating emissions from the natural gas value chain and reporting outcomes

Nancy Meyer, Vice President, Business Engagement, C2ES

10:00 – 10:30 a.m. :: Networking Break


10:30 – 11:15 a.m. :: Methane Emissions Reduction Program

The goal of the Williams Methane Emissions Reduction Program is to reduce methane emissions across their Northeast Assets by 25% (as compared to 2017 figures) without impacting safety or operation thereby allowing operation with fewer Greenhouse gases emitted. The presentation will cover emissions sources identified across the Northeast Operating Area – Gas Gathering Assets and data validation/ site modifications executed to reduce methane emissions reporting. The program is comprised of internal resources using various tools/platforms to trend data, incidents and track ongoing analytics going forward.

Objectives of presentation highlights:

  • Discuss methodology for site selection and type of emissions reduction projects
  • Discuss progress made on the emissions reduction program
  • Review tracking tools for progress updates

Justin Adams, Manager of Technical Services, Williams


11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. :: Quantifiable Emission Reporting

Quantification of emissions has taken on new importance due to regulatory requirements and in the case of California, could lead to disallowance of cost recovery for lost gas, should an IOU fail to meet emission reduction goals.

State and local air quality agencies have become more focused on the GHG impact of methane (natural gas) emissions and instituted laws and regulations aimed at mitigating and reducing methane emissions. In order to do that reasonably accurate reporting mechanisms need to be in place to benchmark and trend the results of emission reduction efforts.

Static Emission Factors (EFs) are no longer enough to capture improvements in infrastructure or operational practices that effect emissions reductions. Innovative strategies and methods to reduce emissions require innovative approaches and methods to account for those emissions reductions.

Emissions reduction efforts are costly, and appropriately accounting for the emissions reductions is important to ensure due credit for the reductions is received.

Objectives:

  • Review challenges of quantifying emissions for reporting
  • Discuss changes in operational drive innovations to quantifying emissions
  • Reducing emissions require more effort in reporting to show emissions more granularly than emissions inventory reporting

Attendees will Learn:

Accounting approaches for different transmission and distribution asset categories:

  • Distribution mains and services pipeline leaks
    • Standard survey leak emissions
    • Projecting emissions for leak formation in Un-surveyed areas
  • Compressor vented emissions
  • Measured vented emissions by operating mode – single vs multiple data points
  • Consideration of factors
  • Component leaks
    • Population based EF
    • Leaker based EF

Ed Charkowicz CPA, CPUC – SED, Risk Assessment and Enforcement Section, California Public Utilities Commission

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. :: Group Luncheon


1:00 – 1:45 p.m. :: Utilizing Temporary Compression to Minimize Methane Emissions

  • Establish annual plan
  • Evaluate compression cost to gas lost
    • Assess volume and gas cost required to depressurize line segment
    • Share project parameters with vendor
    • Evaluate bids vs. cost of gas lost if blowdown option were used
  • Schedule vendor to support projects
    • Positive financial impact
    • Improving options for emergent response
    • Reduce impact on neighboring property owners – equipment noise vs. emission issues
  • History of temporary compression projects
    • Implementation projects
    • Units used
    • Decreasing PSIG

Amy Kapuga PE, Env Services-Air Quality, Consumers Energy


1:45 – 2:30 p.m. :: The Opportunity of Certified Low Methane Emission Natural Gas

Meaningful reductions in oil and gas methane require two things: transparent data and incentives for action. An evolving suite of methane detection technologies is helping us get a better handle on where emissions are coming from, and analytic tools can be effectively applied to the collected data to translate that information into on-the-ground methane abatement action. Market incentives are also being designed to reward methane management that goes above and beyond the regulatory minimum. Among these tools is a new global standard for low-methane-emissions natural gas, which will enable leading operators to differentiate their gas based on methane impact, and for buyers to choose a lower-impact product.  

Attendees will learn: 

    • Analytical tools under development that can help identify, and help predict, methane emission sources 
    • How market incentives, supplemental to and/or embedded in regulation, can be used to achieve wide-scale methane abatement 

Cate Hight, Principal, Rocky Mountain Institute

2:30 – 3:00 p.m. :: Networking Break


3:00 – 4:30 p.m. :: Xcel Energy Leak Survey and Detection Panel

  • High pressure transmission Aerial leak survey:
    • Compliance
    • Safety
    • Fire Mitigation
    • Change Detection
  • Leak mitigation
  • Ground based leak survey and detection
    • Sensits
    • Flame Ionization
    • Soap
    • FLIR Cameras
  • DO leak survey
  • Aerial leak survey current technology
  • Aerial leak survey future technology

Ron Smith, Manager HP Gas, Xcel Energy

Erin Scarcliff, Manager Project Leak Detection Survey, Xcel Energy

Doug Pauline,Business Development Manager, Lasen, Inc.


Tuesday, February 11, 2020

8:00 – 8:30 a.m. :: Continental Breakfast


8:30 – 9:15 a.m. :: Methane Blowdown & Leak Mitigation Technologies on Pipelines & Compressor Stations

   Drivers for better managing Methane emissions   EPA Methane mitigation programs:

  • Overview of EPA’s Natural Gas STAR program
  • A deeper look at EPA’s Natural Gas STAR Methane Challenge program and the One Future Industry Coalition
    • Kinder Morgan and One Future
    • Kinder Morgan and Methane Challenge

 Finding success with Methane emission reduction efforts

  • Kinder Morgan methane program highlights
  • Kinder Morgan continuous improvement efforts

Reji George, Director Air Permitting & Compliance, Kinder Morgan


9:15 – 10:00 a.m :: Emergent and Rapidly Improving Leak Detection and Data Analytics by Natural Gas Utilities

Natural gas distribution utilities in the US and throughout the world are deploying new and far more effective leak survey and detection equipment.  These methods use highly sensitive mobile mounted sensors combined with predictive data analytics to better understand their infrastructure and to inform leak abatement and asset management programs and decisions.  Through the use of advanced leak detection and data analytics, safety is enhanced, emissions are reduced, ratepayers are protected, and utility operations are improved.     

  • Discuss how utilities find leaks with advanced leak detection and data analytics
  • Exchange perspectives and the experience of numerous utilities improving their leak abatement through these methods, and those of service providers
  • Understand the magnitude of greater leak reductions that are being achieved in comparison to legacy methods used by utilities in the integrity management programs

Attendees will learn:

  • EDF’s science-based efforts to develop and deploy advanced leak detection
  • Maturation of advanced leak detection as third party providers develop and improve the methodology
  • Results of collaborations, pilot projects and full operationalization of numerous utilities
  • Regulator validation and acceptance of the efficacy of advanced leak detection and data analytics
  • Summarize benefits and the potential for broader use and adoption including emission reductions, ratepayer savings, enhanced safety and better channeling of capital

Dr. Joseph Von Fischer, Professor and Associate Chair of Biology at Colorado State University

10:00 – 10:30 a.m. :: Networking Break


10:30 – 11:00 a.m. :: Implementation of a Methane Reduction & Reporting Program

  • EPA methane challenge
  • Performance and data driven
  • real & quantifiable reductions
  • transparent reporting through EPA

Reji George, Director Air Permitting & Compliance, Kinder Morgan


11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. :: A Holistic Approach to Methane Management

The most critical tool in managing and reducing methane emissions is not technology – it is demonstrating a true commitment to environmental stewardship with three key elements: people, culture, and relationships.

Methane management by definition includes engineering and best practices in operations – but to stop there may be shortsighted. To make sure the  these three elements are addressed in a successful methane management program, attendees will learn about:

  • Creating and maintaining and employee and leadership culture that values environmental stewardship
  • Demonstrating methane management as a strategic priority
  • Establishing  positive relationships with NGOs, methane reduction coalitions and academic institutions
  • Creating positive, transparent working relationships with regulators and policy makers
  • Communicating your methane management plan and results with external stakeholders

Jennifer Stewart, Director of Methane Management at Gaffney, Cline & Associates

Learn:

  • Implementation of
  • Utilizing hot tapping and line stopping processes
  • How to implement a temperature valve integrated system

12:00  p.m. :: Conference Adjourns

Speakers

  • Justin Adams, Manager of Technical Services, Williams
  • Ed Charkowicz CPA, CPUC – SED, Risk Assessment and Enforcement Section, California Public Utilities Commission
  • Reji George, Director Air Permitting & Compliance, Kinder Morgan
  • Chris Hansen, Colorado State Senator, Senate District 31, State of Colorado
  • Cate Hight, Principal, Rocky Mountain Institute
  • Amy Kapuga PE, Env Services-Air Quality, Consumers Energy
  • Nancy Meyer, Vice President, Business Engagement, C2ES
  • Doug Pauline,Business Development Manager, Lasen, Inc.
  • Dr. Joseph Von Fischer, Professor and Associate Chair of Biology at Colorado State University
  • Ron Smith, Manager HP Gas, Xcel Energy
  • Jennifer Stewart, Director of Methane Management at Gaffney, Cline & Associates.

 

Location

Denver Marriott Westminster

7000 Church Ranch Blvd

Westminster, CO 80021

Reserve your room:

please call 1-720-887-1177

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Room Block Reserved For:

Nights of February 9 – 10, 2020

Room rate through EUCI:

$149.00 single or double plus applicable taxes
Make your reservations prior to February 3, 2020.

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