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By - Jon Brown

Mitigating Methane Emissions & Leak Detection
Leading Practices, Case Studies, and Regulations Across Multiple Industries
August 11-12, 2020 | Online :: Central time

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Overview

Methane’s lifetime in the atmosphere is much shorter than carbon dioxide, but pound for pound, the comparative impact of Methane is 25 times greater than carbon Dioxide over a 100-year period. One of the largest emitters comes from the oil and gas industries, where reducing methane emissions from 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 including utilities, international regulators, and respected SMEs to share on the latest policy developments and practices in reducing methane emissions. Our scope of content will also cover presentations on the methods for leak quantification and leak detection as well as management to help avert catastrophic climate change and improve a key industry’s climate performance.

Learning Outcomes

  • Utilize temporary compression to minimize methane emissions
  • Gain a fundamental understanding of how and why these leaks occur including design and maintenance faults
  • Hear cutting edge progress and case studies from utilities such as Pacific Gas & Electric, Sempra Utilities, and CMS Energy
  • Discuss technologies used to reduce methane emissions and their limitations
  • Discuss 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

Tuesday, August 11, 2020 – Central Time

8:45 am – 9:00 am :: Log In and Sound Check


9:00 – 10:00 a.m. :: State of the Industry Address and Methane 101

This presentation will provide a comprehensive overview of the sources of methane emissions in the United States, why methane matters and how to mitigate its emissions based on the source. Multiple industries will be discussed, including coal mining, oil and natural gas systems, and agriculture and waste sectors.  Highlights include emissions data from EPA’s Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gases and Sinks and other data from the voluntary EPA programs that track methane recovery and use projects.

Lauren Aepli, Physical Scientist, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)


10:00 – 10:45 am :: California Air Resources Board Methane Emission Standards for Crude Oil and Natural Gas Facilities

In 2017, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) approved the Greenhouse Gas Emission Standards for Crude Oil and Natural Gas Facilities Regulation (Oil and Gas Methane Regulation) to reduce methane emissions in California. Since the regulation began implementation on January 1, 2018, CARB has been working with operators on the online submittal of facility and equipment data, LDAR survey results, compressor and pneumatic flow rates, and liquids unloading and well casing vent reporting. As the implementation of CARB’s Oil and Gas Methane Regulation proceeds, this reported data will be a valuable resource of real-world emissions information. This presentation will cover the requirements and impacts of the regulation and include data from 2018 LDAR reporting.

Lucy Cheadle, Air Resources Engineer, Industrial Strategies Division, CARB

10:45 – 11:00 am :: Break


11:00 – 11:45 am :: Alberta’s Upstream Oil and Gas Methane Reduction Requirements

The Alberta Energy Regulator has developed requirements to reduce methane emissions from upstream oil and gas operations by 45 per cent (relative to 2014 levels) by 2025. This presentation will include a summary of the requirements, a description of the compliance assurance activities taking place, and a discussion of relevant methane research topics and existing knowledge gaps.

Cassandra Schostek, Technical Advisor, Alberta Energy Regulator


11:45 am – 12:30 pm :: 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

12:30 – 1:30 pm :: Lunch Break


1:30 – 2:15 pm :: Life Cycle Analysis Perspective of Methane Emissions in the Natural Gas Supply Chain

This presentation will cover the National Energy Technology Laboratory’s (NETL) natural gas life cycle model.

Selina Roman White, Department of Energy, Department of Energy


2:15 – 3:00 pm :: Inspection Services for T&D Operations

Win Setiawan, Lead Staff Air Pollution Specialist, CARB

3:00 – 3:15 pm :: Break


3:15 – 4:00 pm :: Quantifying Meter Set Leaks Using Soap Test Classification

Methane emissions from meter set leaks have been historically computed with a simple, population based, emission factor representing the average emission per meter set. A new method using the soap test classification performed by field crews has been developed to refine emission estimates and to allow repair prioritization of larger leaks.

François Rongere, Manager – R&D and Innovation Gas Operations, PG&E


Wednesday, August 12, 2020 – Central Time

8:45 am – 9:00 am :: Log In and Sound Check


9:00 – 10:00 am :: 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
  • Methane Challenge Finding success with methane emission reduction efforts
  • Methane program highlights
  • Kinder Morgan continuous improvement efforts

Reji George, Director Air Permitting and Compliance, Kinder Morgan


10:00 – 10:45 am :: Leak Screening for Detection and Mitigation of Large Distribution Leaks Plus Development of Company-Specific Emission Factors

 Case study of an analytic model developed by SoCalGas to leverage data collected during traditional leak survey, detection, and grading process to screen for large leaks resulting in more cost-effective emissions reductions.  Bayesian approach includes development of company-specific emission factors, independent of typical facility and pipeline material sub-categories, for improved emissions estimates.

Edward Newton, Research & Materials Manager, Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas)

10:45 – 11:00 am :: Break


11:00 – 11:45 am :: Methane Emission Quantification of Compressor and Regulator Stations Using Small UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles)

A new approach is being explored by PG&E to quickly screen compressor and regulator stations for methane emissions using fly over by UAV equipped with a high sensitivity detector. The method provides the overall emission rate of the facility as well as the identification of its most emitting sub-systems. Results can be used to prioritize maintenance and better characterize emissions of these stations.

François Rongere, Manager – R&D and Innovation Gas Operations, PG&E


11:45 am – 12:30 pm :: Case Study: Utilizing Temporary Compression to Minimize Methane Emissions

  • Consumers Energy (CE) company overview
  • CE Gas system overview
  • Case for temporary compression
  • CE history with temporary compression, including methane emissions
  • Future potential methane mitigation

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

Speakers

  • Justin Adams, Manager of Technical Services, Williams

  • Lauren Aepli, Physical Scientist, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

  • Lucy Cheadle, Air Resources Engineer, Industrial Strategies Division, CARB

  • Reji George, Director Air Permitting and Compliance, Kinder Morgan

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

  • Edward Newton, Research & Materials Manager, Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas)

  • Selina Roman White, Department of Energy, Department of Energy

  • François Rongere, Manager – R&D and Innovation Gas Operations, PG&E

  • Cassandra Schostek, Technical Advisor, Alberta Energy Regulator

  • Win Setiawan, Lead Staff Air Pollution Specialist, CARB

Online Delivery

We will be using Microsoft Teams to facilitate your participation in the upcoming event. You do not need to have an existing Teams account in order to participate in the broadcast – the course will play in your browser and you will have the option of using a microphone to speak with the room and ask questions, or type any questions in via the chat window and our on-site representative will relay your question to the instructor.

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