Emissions Advisory Services
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As the move from methane estimation to measurement becomes enforced, there are many detection and quantification technologies available, including default (OGI Method 21) and alternative approaches that operate on varying scales (UAV, mobile, aerial, satellite, fixed sensors, etc).
At Arolytics, our perspective is a holistic one that embraces ALL emissions measurement technologies. Our team has experience working with all measurement types, from satellite to OGI. We realize the optimized measurement program will differ for every operator, depending on factors like cost tolerance and production type. Taking a neutral stance enables us to design custom emissions monitoring programs that optimally integrate various technologies in a cost effective and regulation-compliant manner.
We design custom and compliant fugitive emission management programs. To do so, first we model various theoretical programs to understand the effectiveness and price of using different combinations of measurement technologies at your development, ensuring we create an optimized program that works for you.
We cover all bases, including measurement program design, logistics, implementation, data analysis, modelling, proof of emissions reduction equivalency, preparation of regulatory (alternative or default) applications, and reporting support.
FAQ: Leak Detection With ‘Alternative’ Technologies
⇒ What is it?
Commencing in 2020, Canadian oil and gas producers will be required to implement methane Leak Detection and Repair (LDAR) programs 1-3 times annually across a range of assets. Default measurement approaches involve effective, but labor-intensive, methods such as EPA Method 21 and Optical Gas Imaging (OGI). However, the incoming regulations also allow producers to design their own Alternative LDAR programs that incorporate innovative technologies. If approved, these alternative programs could incorporate a triage system, relying first on inexpensive regional-scale methane screening tools (sensors, vehicle-based, satellite), followed by smaller-scale EPA Method 21/OGI only where required.
⇒ What are the advantages of Alternative LDAR?
If used correctly, many alternative technologies have broader coverage, making them both cost effective, and time efficient. Alternative LDAR enables companies to deploy innovative monitoring technologies that will save on measurement costs, increase measurement data quality, and decrease the time it takes to get results.
⇒ How can I propose and run an Alternative LDAR program?
Prior to the implementation of a compliant Alternative LDAR program, an application must be submitted to the appropriate regulatory body (federal or provincial). The application must prove that the suggested Alternative LDAR program will result in at least the same emission reductions as the default, regulatory program (OGI and EPA Method 21). We can help make this process seamless, performing the modelling or field tests required to prove emission reduction equivalence.
⇒How much methane can be mitigated from my operations, and at what cost?
We model various theoretical measurement programs to understand the effectiveness and price of using different combinations of measurement tools at your development. Modelling allows us to determine if and where alternative measurement approaches are a good choice for your situation, how much the program will cost to execute, and what magnitude of methane emissions can be mitigated.
⇒Where do I start?
Many producers lack experience with alternative methane detection technologies, as well as the modelling that is required to demonstrate emissions reduction equivalence. We can help kickstart benchmarking programs, piece together the puzzle of what measurement technologies to use where and when, prepare regulatory Alternative LDAR submissions, help oversee the program, and provide summary analytics that evoke action.
Environment and Climate Change Canada Federal methane regulations for the upstream oil and gas sector Alberta Energy Regulator Provincial methane regulations Additional Information Directive 017: Measurement Requirements for Oil and Gas Operation Manual 015: Estimating Methane Emissions Manual 016: How to Develop a Fugitive Emissions Management Program Saskatchewan Ministry of Energy and Resources Provincial Oil and Gas Emissions Management Regulations British Columbia Oil and Gas Commission Oil and Gas Activities Act