Certify Your Natural Gas with the Help of Bridger Photonics
The natural gas industry is feeling increased pressure from investors and end-users to develop responsible operating practices focused on material reduction in methane emissions. As a result of this shift, the certified and differentiated gas movement is being seen as a potential solution, providing a mechanism to establish operating standards across the natural gas supply chain that result in reduced environmental impacts.
A number of organizations are developing guidelines and certification levels to put companies on a path to deliver a differentiated product. While the requirements of each method vary, the common thread is the reduction of methane emissions from the production, transmission, and delivery of natural gas.
Regardless of the certification or differentiated natural gas program, Gas Mapping LiDAR™ from Bridger Photonics helps companies across the natural gas supply chain meet the most stringent requirements.
How Is Gas Being Certified?
Initiatives being developed or deployed comprise a range of objectives and criteria. Some certification initiatives are progressive to keep barriers to entry low with an escalation of requirements over time to further differentiate the operation and natural gas.
Specific certification requirements and standards vary with the particular initiative but can include attributes like a decrease in methane intensity, responsible water use, and transparency in data and reporting of methane emissions reduction. To address the escalating demand for greener energy, several organizations are establishing technology-agnostic and independently verified certification initiatives and methods, including:
- OGMP 2.0
- Equitable Origin EO100
Today these initiatives are voluntary as no consistent requirements or standards have been adopted uniformly across the industry or by any regulatory body
What Certifications Can Bridger Photonics Help Companies Meet?
Oil and gas operators have the choice of third-party, independent certifications, guidelines, ESG ratings, and other commitments they can pursue to reduce their methane emissions. Gas Mapping LiDAR can be used to achieve methane reduction requirements for certified and responsibly sourced programs today.
OGMP 2.0 Level 5 for Gold Standard
OGMP 2.0 includes five reporting levels, with the highest level requiring that emissions include source-level and site-level measurements. While the reporting is up to the company, Bridger Photonics can provide quantified emissions to report the following:
- Site-level emissions reporting for the entire set of assets or set of assets large enough to be statistically representative of similar populations to meet level 5.
- Quantification to benchmark emissions levels.
- Learn more about the full requirements on the OGMP website.
The MiQ Standard A Grade
The MiQ Standard was created with the goal of establishing a practical measure for assessing methane emissions management. Bridger Photonics can help companies understand and reduce methane intensities, and provide comprehensive monitoring through the following:
- Quarterly flights for clients to help them meet the detection technology frequency requirements.
- Reduce overall emissions and methane-intensity thresholds with quantifiable methane data.
- Read the full list of requirements for The MiQ Standard here.
EO100 Standard for Responsible Energy Development*
The EO100 includes Five Principles, each with specifications for shale oil and gas operations. Bridger Photonics can help meet the requirements pertaining to methane measurement and reduction including:
- Create an inventory of methane emissions that can be updated annually or following material changes to equipment or processes.
- Provide a reporting and accounting standard for GHG.
- Locate and detect emissions to help repair leaks to meet at least 10% per year per unit of energy reduction (1% reduction for Target 1, 5% reduction for Target 2 also achievable)
- Read about all Five Principles on the EO100 website.
*Equitable Origins is releasing updated guidelines for Natural Gas Production later this fall. Stay tuned for updates as guidelines are released.
How Does Gas Mapping LiDAR Help Companies Certify Their Gas?
Gas Mapping LiDAR is the most sensitive aerial methane detection technology and helps companies detect over 90% of typical production basin emissions. Gas Mapping LiDAR provides the necessary capabilities that enable companies to meet the requirements of a certified and differentiated gas program including:
Efficient and sensitive detection threshold meets all current standards
A study by Carleton University proved Gas Mapping LiDAR's ability to detect 3 kg/hr with >90% probability of detection under typical operational conditions.
Accurate measurement-based emissions quantification
Gas Mapping LiDAR provides <10% aggregate quantification error for large inventories. Read more about Gas Mapping LiDAR's quantification capabilities at high emission rates in our white paper here.
- Aircraft based technology serves the entire supply chain
Deployment via aircraft with its sensitivity means Gas Mapping LiDAR can serve the entire natural gas value chain. Cheniere, the largest producer of liquified natural gas, has included Bridger Photonics in its quantification, monitoring, reporting, and verification (“QMRV”) of methane emissions monitoring initiative due to this ability.
- Time-stamped sensor coverage data is auditable
Gas Mapping LiDAR provides transparency and auditability of the emissions data provided.
From the Experts...
To learn more about certified gas, we sat down with Thomas Fox of Highwood Emissions to hear his thoughts on the current state of certified gas and how he sees it moving forward. Read the two-part Q&A linked below.
We also shared three of the biggest takeaways from PTAC's Mini Conference on Certified Gas, linked below.