Losses from natural gas and oil production activities are emission
sources that can be controlled, and done so profitably in many cases.
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
by Rule - Standard Permit Authorizations: Raymond Lay,
Natural Resource Specialist, Air Permits Division, Texas Commission
on Environmental Quality
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
of vapor recovery technology; quantifying gas volumes, and determining
payback economics. Larry Richards, President, Hy-Bon
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,
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.
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.