Quantifying methane leaks and flares from gas wells and facilities

Establishing a clear picture of methane leaks and flares is a match for the geophysicist skillset 0

Tuesday, November 13, 2018, London, The Geological Society




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This forum looked at better ways the oil and gas industry can manage methane leaks from gas wells and facilities - and find commercially viable alternatives to flaring.

On the subject of methane leaks, the oil and gas industry is under pressure to demonstrate that the methane leaks from gas wells and processing facilities are low – in order to show that electricity from gas generation is better in global warming terms than electricity from coal. Environmental groups have been claiming that methane leaks are so big it is scarcely better.

Measuring methane emissions from an entire facility is very hard because it involves either finding, assessing every leak (including guessing when the leak started), or analysing methane in the air above the whole facility by satellite or laser (which also leads to more questions).

But the task proves a great match for the oil and gas geophysicist’s skillset, including physics understanding of how the various sensors work and what they tell you (sniffer, ultrasonic, gas imaging, different types of laser), the ability to put data together to create a facility-wide picture using geographical positioning and data management techniques.

On the subject of flaring, we'll look at commercially viable alternatives to flaring - ways of doing something useful with gas, which can work with intermittent or small gas flows.

Agenda

9:30

Karl Jeffery - editor - Finding Petroleum

Chairman's introduction


Karl Jeffery is editor and co-founder of Digital Energy Journal, and conference producer of Finding Petroleum. He is also publisher of Carbon Capture Journal and Tanker Operator, and co-founder of Digital Ship, a publishing and events company covering digital technology for the deep sea maritime industry. He has a BEng in chemical engineering from Nottingham University

Finding Petroleum
Finding Petroleum was established to help the oil and gas industry network, and stay up to date on the latest technological developments. It does this via hosting regular events and with an online social network of nearly 10,000 members.
9:40

Sonna Sathiamoorthy - Group GHG and Energy Efficiency Expert - BP

Methane Management: The Oil and Gas Industry in Action

Talk Description.
[this talk is on behalf of the Oil and Gas Climate Initative]
Sonna has worked for BP for over 20 years in a variety of GHG roles across various parts of the business and is currently the Group GHG and Energy Efficiency Expert. He represents BP on a number external climate related initiatives including the World Bank’s Global Gas Flaring Reduction (GGFR) initiative and the UN-led Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC). He also has an active role in supporting OGCI in the methane and energy efficiency workstreams and currently chairs the IPIECA methane taskforce.

BP
BP is one of the world's leading international oil and gas companies. We provide customers with fuel for transportation, energy for heat and light, lubricants to keep engines moving, and the petrochemicals products used to make everyday items as diverse as paints, clothes and packaging.
10:10

Mark Davis - Senior Vice President | Energy Oil, Gas & Renewable - SystemIQ

Solving the global challenge of flaring, venting and leaking


SystemIQ
Science shows that our current systems for food, energy, industry, transport and cities are inefficient and largely unsustainable. Their social and environmental costs run into trillions of dollars. We must change our local and global economic systems fundamentally and fast to avoid human and planetary collapse.

The UN Global Goals and the Paris Agreement have set the targets we must reach to protect the earth and make sure everyone in the growing global population has a chance to prosper. Progress is being made. Businesses increasingly recognise the value in driving sustainable change. But, so far, most of this change has been incremental. We need to transform economic systems much faster to hit the UN targets and stop degrading natural resources.

SYSTEMIQ was launched in 2016 to accelerate these urgent transformations.
10:40

Christopher Lloyd - Consultant - PetroMall Ltd

Gas to something useful


Christopher was formerly business development manager and strategic project manager with Reef Subsea, an offshore construction and survey company. He was the commercial manager for Reef Subsea for the company's part in the Fife, Fergus, Flora and Angus (FFFA) decommissioning projects. He is an experienced chartered engineer and operations manager having worked for the last 12 years in the North Sea and Norwegian Continental Shelf. During his time at Saipem UK Limited he worked on one of the North Seas first major decommissioning project for the Frigg field and MCP-01 in 2007-2008, requiring the removal of four steel jacket structures and six topside platforms. He is currently consulting in the offshore energy space, of which decommissioning is playing an increasingly large part.

Christopher is on the national membership panel of the Energy Institute and the safety committee of the Royal Institute of Naval Architects, as well as several other industry groups.

PetroMall Ltd
Petromall is a unique oil and gas advisory service which prides itself on technical excellence in selected fields and supplementing business management and leadership; in the face of uncertainty.

We offer truthful, professional opinion and advice; no playback of what you already know, and no spin.

Petromall was founded by 4 senior industry and academic practitioners who consider the challenges faced by today's oil and gas environment are going to require herculean acts of leadership and technical skill in the high cost provinces of the world, in order to maintain an industry that is sustainable and even recognisable compared to recent history.

Similarly nations developing an oil and gas industry face related challenges as they seek to maximise the benefits of this new wealth-creating opportunity - in a responsible manner.

Global reach

Petromall actively participates in the facilitation and conduct of seminars worldwide, in conjunction with its associate partner Finding Petroleum.

Our presence reaches parts of the globe, such as: the UK, Malta, the USA, through partners in the Middle East, North Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa.
11:10 Coffee & Tea

11:35

Steve Beynon - Sales Manager North Europe - Flir Systems Ltd

Outline to optical gas imaging - possibilities of quantifying gas imaging


Flir Systems Ltd
FLIR Systems, Inc. designs, develops, manufactures, markets, and distributes technologies that enhance perception and awareness. We bring innovative sensing solutions into daily life through our thermal imaging, visible-light imaging, video analytics, measurement and diagnostic, and advanced threat detection systems.

FLIR offers a diversified portfolio that serves a number of applications in government & defense, industrial, and commercial markets. Our products help first responders and military personnel protect and save lives, promote efficiency within the trades, and innovate consumer-facing technologies. FLIR strives to strengthen public safety and well-being, increase energy and time efficiency, and contribute to healthy and intelligent communities
12:05

Dr. Xiao Ai - CTO - Quantum Light Metrology

Using drones for monitoring methane- a new technology for laser scanning of oil and gas facilities by drone

Talk Description.
Co speaker - Yuri Andersson, CEO, Quantum Light Metrology
Quantum Light Metrology
12:25

Andy Connor - Higher research scientist - National Physical Laboratory

Overview of techniques for detecting and quantifying methane emissions from upstream facilities


National Physical Laboratory
The National Physical Laboratory (NPL) is the UK's National Measurement Institute, and is a world-leading centre of excellence in developing and applying the most accurate measurement standards, science and technology available.
12:55

Deborah Humphreville - Director energy, EMEAR - Maxar

Can you detect and monitor greenhouse gases from space?


Over 28 years business background and technical experience in Information Technology, relating to energy business processes. Have identified problems and implemented effective and innovative integrated content and platform solutions to address financial and strategic analysis and business model recommendations.

Worked globally with companies such as Total, Eni, Shell, BP, Statoil, ExxonMobil and ChevronTexaco. Have lived in Europe for the last 19 years, working for various technology companies. BA in Geophysical Sciences from Univ of Chicago, MS in Geology from Univ of So. Carolina and MBA from Houston Baptist University.

Maxar
As a global leader of advanced space technology solutions, Maxar is at the nexus of the new space economy, developing and sustaining the infrastructure and delivering the information, services, systems that unlock the promise of space for commercial and government markets. The operations of DigitalGlobe , SSL and Radiant Solutions were unified under the Maxar brand in February; MDA continues to operate as an independent business unit within the Maxar organization. As a trusted partner with 5,900 employees in over 30 global locations, Maxar provides vertically integrated capabilities and expertise including satellites, Earth imagery, robotics, geospatial data and analytics to help customers anticipate and address their most complex mission-critical challenges with confidence. Every day, billions of people rely on Maxar to communicate, share information and data, and deliver insights that Build a Better World. Maxar trades on the New York Stock Exchange and Toronto Stock Exchange as MAXR. For more information, visit www.maxar.com .
13:15 Lunch and close

Sponsors of this event

PetroMall Ltd
Petromall is a unique oil and gas advisory service which prides itself on technical excellence in selected fields and supplementing business management and leadership; in the face of uncertainty.

We offer truthful, professional opinion and advice; no playback of what you already know, and no spin.

Petromall was founded by 4 senior industry and academic practitioners who consider the challenges faced by today's oil and gas environment are going to require herculean acts of leadership and technical skill in the high cost provinces of the world, in order to maintain an industry that is sustainable and even recognisable compared to recent history.

Similarly nations developing an oil and gas industry face related challenges as they seek to maximise the benefits of this new wealth-creating opportunity - in a responsible manner.

Global reach

Petromall actively participates in the facilitation and conduct of seminars worldwide, in conjunction with its associate partner Finding Petroleum.

Our presence reaches parts of the globe, such as: the UK, Malta, the USA, through partners in the Middle East, North Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa.

SystemIQ
Science shows that our current systems for food, energy, industry, transport and cities are inefficient and largely unsustainable. Their social and environmental costs run into trillions of dollars. We must change our local and global economic systems fundamentally and fast to avoid human and planetary collapse.

The UN Global Goals and the Paris Agreement have set the targets we must reach to protect the earth and make sure everyone in the growing global population has a chance to prosper. Progress is being made. Businesses increasingly recognise the value in driving sustainable change. But, so far, most of this change has been incremental. We need to transform economic systems much faster to hit the UN targets and stop degrading natural resources.

SYSTEMIQ was launched in 2016 to accelerate these urgent transformations.

New Eyes Exploration
New Eyes Exploration, founded by David Bamford, explores new ways to discover Oil and Gas.

Ashtead Technology
Ashtead Technology is the independent one stop shop that ensures reliability, integration and capital efficiency of your operation. We have a vast fleet and an unrivalled breadth of service and know-how from start to finish, addressing all your equipment needs across ROV, Survey, Hydrographic, Geophysical, Environmental and NDT.

Through a combination of market-leading knowledge and solutions, advanced technology, service support and training, we can provide all the answers you need, driving costs to your advantage, providing more than just equipment rental. We offer ultimate value for money across your operation to give you the most powerful, competitive edge.

We serve the global subsea and onshore sector from our bases in Aberdeen, Abu Dhabi, Houston, London and Singapore.

Carbon Capture Journal
Carbon Capture Journal is specifically about developments with industrial scale carbon capture and geological storage technology, with news about the major projects and development with government policy. Informing you about developments in carbon capture, storage, and related government policy, in a way which is clear, useful and won't waste your time

Ashtead Technology
Ashtead Technology is the independent one stop shop that ensures reliability, integration and capital efficiency of your operation. We have a vast fleet and an unrivalled breadth of service and know-how from start to finish, addressing all your equipment needs across ROV, Survey, Hydrographic, Geophysical, Environmental and NDT.

Through a combination of market-leading knowledge and solutions, advanced technology, service support and training, we can provide all the answers you need, driving costs to your advantage, providing more than just equipment rental. We offer ultimate value for money across your operation to give you the most powerful, competitive edge.

We serve the global subsea and onshore sector from our bases in Aberdeen, Abu Dhabi, Houston, London and Singapore.

Registered Delegates

Hugh Ebbutt
Director
A T Kearney
United Kingdom
Chris Hazell-Marshall
Principal Consultant
ERM
United Kingdom
Mike Rego
Independent Consultant
PetroMall Ltd
United Kingdom
Paul Murphy
Key Account Manager, Oil and Gas Division
Airbus Defence and Space
United Kingdom
Malcolm Brown
Director
Euhedral Energy
United Kingdom
Christopher Lloyd
Consultant
PetroMall Ltd
United Kingdom
Matthijs van der Kooij
Business Development
Airbus DS NL
Netherlands
Maurice Eaton
Consultant
Explore Oil
Henry Dodwell
Consultant
PetroVannin
United Kingdom
Rebecca Stanley
Digital Marketing and Business Development Manager
Ashtead Technology
Karl Jeffery
Editor
Finding Petroleum
United Kingdom
Graham Stevens
Finance director
Plexus Holdings
Josh Thomas
Senior sales manager
Ashtead Technology
Avinga Pallangyo
Conference Manager
Finding Petroleum
Dr. Xiao Ai
CTO
Quantum Light Metrology
Susan Ford
Senior Advisor Environment & Carbon
BP
United Kingdom
John Leggate
Managing Partner
Flamant Technologies
United Kingdom
Yuri Andersson
CEO
Quantum Light Metrology
Sonna Sathiamoorthy
Group GHG and Energy Efficiency Expert
BP
Steve Beynon
Sales Manager North Europe
Flir Systems Ltd
Samia Ahmed
Geologist
S A consultancy
United Kingdom
Will Jeffery
Senior Offshore Interpreter
CGG
United Kingdom
Johnnie Shannon
Senior Remote Sensing Consultant
Geospatial Insight
United Kingdom
Jeanne Martin
Senior Campaigns Officer
ShareAction
United Kingdom
John Glass
MD
Cloverfield Consulting Ltd
United Kingdom
Nick Steel
Consultant
Independent
United Kingdom
Alex Elson

Shell
United Kingdom
Diwin Amarasinghe
Geophysical Specialist
Consultant
United Kingdom
Manouchehr Takin

Independent consultant
United Kingdom
Mark Davis

SYSTEMIQ
United Kingdom
Micky Allen
consultant
consultant
United Kingdom
Christian Bukovics
Independent Director
JKX Oil&Gas Plc
United Kingdom
Alessandra Kortenhorst
Associate
SYSTEMIQ Ltd
United Kingdom
Dan Kunkle
Director
Count Geophysics
United Kingdom
Minseong Lee
Staff
KECO (Korea Environment Corporation)
Katie Routledge

Terrabotics
United Kingdom
Stephen Norman
Business Development Manager
DNV GL
United Kingdom
Gitae Park
interpreter
KECO (Korea Environment Corporation)
David Offer
Consultant
Trinucleid Geoscience
United Kingdom
Wayne Youngs
Division Europe/CIS
Enerflex
United Kingdom
Juyoung Jeong
Manager
KECO (Korea Environment Corporation)
Yuri Leonenko
Professor
University of Waterloo
Canada
Nnamdi Anyadike
London office
Energy Correspondent
United Kingdom
Deborah Humphreville
Director energy, EMEAR
Maxar
United Kingdom
Pete Floyd
Senior Manager Upstream
Wipro
United Kingdom
Martin Riddle
Technical Manager
Envoi
United Kingdom
Andy Connor
Higher Research Scientist
National Physical Laboratory