- Climate change has been identified as a threat to the global community and governments all over the world are enacting regulations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from all sectors of the economy. The upstream oil and gas industry (UOG) is among the largest sources of methane emissions in Alberta and many other jurisdictions. It has been estimated that methane emissions in 2014 from Alberta’s oil and gas sector accounted for 70% of provincial methane emissions and 25% of all emissions from the upstream oil and gas sector. Almost half of these methane emissions are from venting from equipment; fugitive emissions or leaks represent over 40%, and the remaining are from flaring or other sources.Cutting methane emissions from the oil & gas sector is one of the most cost-effective ways to accelerate greenhouse gas reductions. Following the leadership of Alberta Mexico, Canada and the United States committed to reduce their methane emissions from the oil and gas sector – the world’s largest methane source – 40% to 45% by 2025. This contributes significantly towards achieving the greenhouse gas targets established in the Paris agreements.The UOG industry needs tools and systems to assist them in developing high-quality inventories of their emissions, not only for regulatory reporting and to establish a baseline for the required emissions reductions, but to identify the best opportunities to reduce those emissions.Existing systems designed for regulatory reporting do not focus on the requirement to identify best opportunities to reduce emissions, due to their singular focus on accounting.The distributed nature of the facilities and the characteristics of the potential emissions sources call for cloud-based solutions, streamlined data gathering workflows, and best available engineering calculations to estimate emissions where metering is impractical. Furthermore, the identification of the best opportunities for emissions reductions requires not only proper accounting practices but a sound process engineering approach.
Methane Emissions Advisor (MeAdvisor) by Process Ecology is an innovative cloud-based solution designed to assist the UOG sector track and manage methane and other greenhouse gas emissions from operating facilities, with engineering functions to accurately estimate non-metered and non-routine events.
A key differentiation factor of MeAdvisor is the sound process engineering approach to emissions estimation and management that it provides. Process Ecology’s engineers have been involved in numerous projects for the design, troubleshooting and optimization of facilities across the UOG sector. Our project experience combined with software development and process modeling expertise results in synergies that have produced a functional, powerful and efficient tool.
This presentation will outline our proposal for UOG regarding the requirements for an efficient system to accurately track, reduce and manage methane emissions. Early results from a set of pilot projects will also be described.
Who Should Attend
- Optimization and process development engineers
- Environmental reporting and regulatory compliance
- Process and production engineers, specialists and managers
- Senior executives leading sustainability initiatives in their organizations
11:30 AM Registration and Lunch
12:00 PM Presentation and Discussion
1:00 PM Adjournment
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Non-Member – $50.00+ GST*
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