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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
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Sonna Sathiamoorthy
» Group GHG and Energy Efficiency Expert
» BP
Mark Davis
» Senior Vice President | Energy Oil, Gas & Renewable
» SystemIQ

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Tuesday, November 13, 2018
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.


9:30 Karl Jeffery - editor
Finding Petroleum

Chairman's introduction

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9:40 Sonna Sathiamoorthy - Group GHG and Energy Efficiency Expert

Methane Management: The Oil and Gas Industry in Action

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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.

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10:10 Mark Davis - Senior Vice President | Energy Oil, Gas & Renewable

Solving the global challenge of flaring, venting and leaking

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Science shows that our current systems for food, energy, industry, transport and cities are ineffici
10:40 Christopher Lloyd - Consultant
Future Energy Partners Ltd

Gas to something useful

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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.

Future Energy Partners Ltd
Future Energy Partners (FEP) is a unique oil and gas advisory service which prides itself on technic
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

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FLIR Systems, Inc. designs, develops, manufactures, markets, and distributes technologies that enhan
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

12:25 Andy Connor - Higher research scientist
National Physical Laboratory

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

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The National Physical Laboratory (NPL) is the UK's National Measurement Institute, and is a world-le
12:55 Deborah Humphreville - Director energy, EMEAR

Can you detect and monitor greenhouse gases from space?

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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.

As a global leader of advanced space technology solutions, Maxar is at the nexus of the new space ec
13:15 Lunch and close

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