Making sense of methane measurement technologies

Strict new rules for oil and gas companies to better detect, monitor, and repair methane leaks in the U.S. mean there is no time like now to figure out the multitude of measurement tools saturating the market.

A new course – One Hundred Options: Making Sense of Methane Measurement Methodologies – will outline the current state of measurement while helping participants understand the value of different approaches for detecting and quantifying methane emissions.

Instructor Thomas Fox, president of Highwood Emissions Management, said current and emerging methane detection and quantification technologies offer a staggering diversity of services and data products that cover many spatial and temporal scales. Understanding and selecting among these options can be a daunting task, he said.

“This space is changing so quickly, and it's a full-time job to keep your finger on the pulse of it,” said Fox. “Those spending money on new measurement technologies rarely have time to learn about all these different opportunities and options and understand what's best for them. The opportunity here is to get a distilled version of what the landscape looks like at this very moment, which I think is invaluable.”

Participants will leave the course knowing how to choose methane measurement technologies and whether to use them. They will learn how to strategically think about how to use these technologies moving forward, both for LDAR but also for better data predictive analytics and using measurement data as part of voluntary disclosure and ESG reporting.

There is a future for methane measurement beyond the regulatory piece of leak, detection, and repair (LDAR), said Fox. It is about the kind of data that is being collected, who wants the data, understanding liabilities and how to use the data as part of disclosures and responsibly sourced gas certifications.

“There’s a huge amount of value in having the data that can be collected as part of these technologies that I think a lot of companies are overlooking,” said Fox.

The course is recommended for anyone working in the energy sector in the United States or Canada seeking to benefit from rapidly evolving innovation in methane measurement. Participants will leave this course with the ability to discern among the full range of methane measurement technologies, including handheld instruments, satellites, view claims about performance from vendors through a critical lens, anticipate future opportunities for leveraging methane measurement data through voluntary disclosure and responsible gas certification and more.

“With these new regulations, doors are opening for using new technologies,” said Fox. “But in many cases, these technologies are only allowed if they can be demonstrated to achieve similar emissions reductions as some of the legacy methods. There’s a huge amount of potential for doing things more efficiently and getting better measurements from different types of equipment and facilities.”

Register today here for One Hundred Options: Making Sense of Methane Measurement Methodologies.

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