Methane Methane

Industrial Methane Measurement Conference - Abstract

Abstract Title: How structured LDAR programs can reduce methane emissions to comply with regulations
Presenter Name: Mrs Cindy Verhoeven
Company/Organisation: The Sniffers
Country: Belgium

Abstract Information :

The current OGMP 2.0 Reporting Framework and the released proposal for a Regulation on methane emissions reduction in the energy sector by the European Commission ,which is based on OGMP 2.0, aims to reduce methane emissions. Operators in the energy sector are currently looking for approaches to measure, report, and verify their methane emissions performances.rnrnAs stated in the proposal for the EU Methane Regulation, methane emissions from leaks are most commonly reduced by methane Leak Detection And Repair LDAR surveys. The EU Methane Regulation will soon lay down specific rules on when and how to perform LDAR surveys amongst others once the Regulation enters into force. This is challenging for operators since this will be a new requirement.rnrnWe see that oil and gas companies already performing LDAR often execute random LDAR surveys without having a credible baseline in place. Moreover, methane mass calculations are often based on estimations and modeling. A structured approach to identify, quantify, and report methane emissions will result in reductions year after year.rnrnTo establish a reliable methane emission picture, a complete and accurate inventory of the whole asset should be created with a profound understanding of the stream compositions of the Pamp;IDs. This is followed by an on-site measuring campaign using best available techniques such as FID PID devices and bagging High Flow Sampling HFS for all source types to detect leaks, measure the emissions and retrieve a credible emission figure. Finally, methane emission data should be aggregated using correct emission calculations to draw credible conclusions and to create a compliant LDAR report. This report should include detailed repair orders for the maintenance team to repair the leaks.rnrnDuring my presentation, I will share how operators can implement and improve their LDAR programs in a structured way and in compliance with OGMP 2.0 and the proposal for the EU Methane Regulation. I will share tips on how to increase the value of an LDAR campaign while making it more cost-effective. The data used in this paper will be based on collected emission data from more than 9.000 emission management projects gathered over the past 3 decades.rn

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