PEFTEC 2017 - Abstract

Abstract Title: Estimate and measurement of methane losses from Gazprom process equipment
Abstract Type: Poster
Session Choice: Current capabilities and case studies
Presenter Name: Dr Gretta Akopova
Co-authors:Dr Konstantin Romanov
Ms Elena Dorokhova
Mr Grigory Yulkin
Company/Organisation: Gazprom VNIIGAZ LLC
Country: Russian Federation

Abstract Information :

Since its very foundation in the 20th century Gazprom has laid the sustainable development principle under its business of ensuring a reliable, efficient and balanced supply of natural gas to consumers, which allowed it building a competitive resilience in the 21st century, when the international community paid a special attention to the environmental advantages of the natural gas against the other kinds of fossil fuel. This article provides a review of the Gazprom experience in quantification of natural gas emissions and methane leaks.

The operations in natural gas upstream, midstream and downstream are associated with inevitable methane losses, which are divided into process emissions from regular operations and fugitive emissions from natural gas leaks resultant from insufficient sealing of process equipment.

Gazprom VNIIGAZ LLC has been studying process and fugitive emissions from the Gazprom facilities for 20 years. The studies include tool measurements and analytical studies of natural gas emissions from operational objects and sites under construction, as well as joint study projects with foreign experts.

The large-scale measurement and detection studies of methane leaks at Gazprom facilities were conducted jointly with foreign partners from ?-on Ruhrgas (Germany), US EPA (United States), Engie (former GDF SUEZ - France), Japan Technical Information Service Corporation (Japan), Gasunie (Netherlands).

The main stages of the studies are: process methane emissions inventory and methodology; methane leaks detection and measurement at representative facilities; methane emissions management system and consolidation of emissions reduction experience; identification of the most effective methane emissions reduction techniques.