Archive of Texas PTTC Workshops

Half-day workshop co-sponsored by
Hy-Bon Engineering Company
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Natural Gas STAR Program
Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ)

Turning Emissions into Significant Profits
Thursday, June 16, 2005
Corpus Christi Town Club
AS FEATURED on the March cover story for the American Oil & Gas Reporter (attached in pdf format), more and more producers are capturing previously vented gas streams and turning an environmental liability into significant additional profits to the bottom line. This half day seminar is a rare combination of presenters which allows the attendee to learn the latest air emission regulatory requirements in their area, multiple technologies to control fugitive emissions, best practices shared by over 90 operators, and the latest technology available to turn “waste gas” streams into hard revenue dollars.
Who Should Attend
This workshop is especially focused on all professional personnel with interest in cost-effective emission reduction practices in the oil and natural gas production industry. The specific presentations will be of value to both field and headquarters personnel in the industry, environmental professionals, engineers and governmental personnel with linkage to the oil and natural gas industry.

Summary
Losses from natural gas and oil production activities are emission sources that can be controlled, and done so profitably in many cases.

Agenda
The EPA Natural Gas STAR Program, a technical overview of opportunities to cost effectively reduce methane emissions. Ravi Kantamaneni, ICF Consulting in support of EPA Natural Gas STAR Program
   
Permits by Rule - Standard Permit Authorizations: Raymond Lay, Natural Resource Specialist, Air Permits Division, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
   
Best available control technology to limit fugitive emissions: Josh McDowell, Texas A&M University at Corpus Christi. Mr. McDowell is involved in the Community Outreach Office as a Program Coordinator for Small Business Assistance as part of the Pollution Prevention Partnership.
   
Fundamentals of vapor recovery technology; quantifying gas volumes, and determining payback economics. Larry Richards, President, Hy-Bon Engineering
   
Overview of the most cost effective technical solutions for capturing vented methane for a range of applications. Overview of each compressor type used in low pressure applications, and multiple field case studies of successful equipment installations with less than 6 month financial payback. Larry Richards, President, Hy-Bon Engineering

The EPA Natural Gas STAR Program has been working with operators to identify and promote the implementation of cost-effective technologies and practices to specifically reduce methane emissions. Since the Program began in 1993, Natural Gas STAR partners voluntarily have eliminated 338 billion cubic feet (Bcf) of methane emissions through the implementation of these practices saving over $1 billion dollars by keeping more gas in their systems for sale in the market.

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) will discuss the regulatory requirement on other emission components attributable to natural gas and oil production activities focusing primarily on production facilities, storage tanks and well locations.

Over 26.6 Billion cubic feet (Bcf) of methane gas is vented to the atmosphere annually from oilfield stock tanks – along with a significant volume of regulatory controlled emissions. This high BTU gas can often be sold for a premium to typical pipeline gas, and the payback economics for capturing this gas stream can be compelling. Hy-Bon Engineering, a well-recognized provider in the arena of vapor recovery and field compression, will address (1) methods to easily quantify volumes of vented gas streams, and tools available to quickly determine payback economics; (2) technological options for vapor recovery and the optimum application ranges for each; and (3) industry field case studies highlighting implementation of the technology from project assessment to financial return.

For more information, please call Sigrid Clift at 512-471-0320.
E-mail sigrid.clift@beg.utexas.edu