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February 20th

Back from the Future

Don Kinder - MarkWest, Jake Fournier - Marathon, and Deever Bradley - ERM -

Description

MarkWest migrated away from the AWP for LDAR compliance monitoring. We left where everyone is trying to go and reverted back to M21 monitoring for our LDAR programs. Will have some stats and such to show the difference in leak % with OGI vs M21.

Date

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Time

11:00AM

Location

Room 602

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Best Management Practices

How Do You Feel About Storing Your Emissions Data in the Cloud?

Matthew Radigan - REGS, LLC

Description

Cloud computing means storing and accessing data and programs over the Internet instead of your computer's hard drive. In order to implement a cloud solution, you need some basic tools to connect your data source(s) to the Internet. Connection to the cloud storage needs to be secure, reliable and accessible. Turn on any new WiFi enable device, click through some prompts and you are connected. Technology made it so easy that it doesn’t even require a conscious thought to participate. Will the same environment that drives my social life translate to my workplace and more importantly, help me successful manage my critical air emissions compliance data. Required tools, feasibility and practicality of using cloud computing for compliance applications will be covered during the presentation.

Date

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Time

12:00PM

Location

Room 417A

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CEMS

Common CEMS Program Audit Findings

Eric Wiley - VIM Technologies

Description

Issues of non-compliance and poor system performance are frequently discovered during CEMS program audits. The presentation will also focus on best practice implementation that can assist facilities in ensuring that their CEMS programs are compliant with applicable regulatory requirements and help utilize limited resources as efficiently as possible. Real world examples of CEMS audit findings will be outlined and ways to avoid such issues will be discussed.

Date

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Time

1:30PM

Location

Room 404

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February 20th

LDAR Case Study Comparison of Conventional Method 21 vs Alternative Work Practice

Terence Trefiak - Montrose Air Quality

Description

I am the Managing Director of Target Emission Services. We provide fugitive emission surveys for the natural gas industry (transmission, processing, storage and LNG). We specialize in using Optical Gas Imaging (OGI) to detect hydrocarbon leaks and vents for regulatory compliance (EPA Subpart W - Green House Gas). However, we have started to utilize OGI to meet our natural gas processing clients various LDAR requirements (EPA OOOO and KKK) by following the Method 21 Alternative Work Practice (AWP) which allows for the use of optical infrared hydrocarbon detection. This AWP was released to provide industry with an option to use Optical Gas Imaging to replace “conventional” TVA type LDAR equipment for Method 21 facility inspections. OGI uses a specialized filtered infrared camera to provide a real time video of hydrocarbon gas leaks that are invisible to the human eye. The camera can survey up to 1000-1500 components per hour (compared to only 50 components/hour with conventional equipment), surpassing both the efficiency and effectiveness of traditional hand held gas analyzers. In addition many components that are classified as difficult to monitor using conventional hand held equipment can be readily scanned at a distance with the camera. A video of each emission source can also be recorded to provide the exact location of the leak and helps to ensure that the correct repair actions are being made. The use of OGI is on average 10 – 20 times more efficient that conventional LDAR equipment presenting a significant cost savings.The main questions are, • Is the AWP approach as actually as effective as the conventional LDAR approach? • Why are most LDAR contractors not using the AWP approach?• What are the tangible benefits (cost, # and size of leaks detected, safety, etc.) of OGI vs Conventional?My presentation will attempt to answer these questions using actual case study data from 2 large gas processing facilities. The presentation will compare survey results from both OGI and conventional monitoring and show specific examples (survey cost/durations, leak videos, etc.)

Date

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Time

10:30AM

Location

Room 602

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Best Management Practices

Acoustic Condensate Stabilization

Stephen Saint Vincent - Saint & Tiller Technologies

Description

Acoustic Condensate Stabilization is a novel technique that is proving to be highly effective and efficient. The stabilization process is driven by dynamic pressure of an acoustic field, causing mass transport of high volatile species into gas phase. The process is non thermal, making it a much safer alternative. The overall process equipment is much simpler and less costly to operate.

Date

Friday, February 21, 2020

Time

8:30AM

Location

Room 617

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Chemical

Federal, State and Local Enforcement

James Smith - Crain, Caton, & James

Description

The presentation will highlight recent federal environmental enforcement trends and update state and local enforcement developments.

Date

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Time

1:30PM

Location

Room 416B

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EHS Technology for O&G/Petrochemicals

Large Area Fugitive Emission Monitoring In All Conditions

Dr. Sophie Purser - MIRICO

Description

We present a detailed description and experimental results for a new laser sensing technique in combination with a gas emission survey method that remotely detects and maps the locations of multiple gas emission sources distributed across an extensive area. This presentation will focus on the application of this approach to methane and present results form an experimental evaluation of its performance using 17 calibrated releases, with support from he National Physical laboratory to create traceable standards. Our laser sensing approach, which we call Laser Dispersion Spectroscopy (LDS), uses changes in refractive index incurred by the optical beam to measure molecular concentration as opposed to traditional methods that depend of the intensity of the optical beam to quantify emission. The sensor offers improvements in precision, beam length, accuracy whereby the system inherently isolates common noise sources and offers enhanced performance in open path environments where detected optical intensity variation occurring form artefacts such as rain, water vapour result in inaccuracies when using traditional absorption techniques. Our experimental data set comprise of 7 optical beams that are sequentially steered on a timescale of ˜1Hz. Simultaneously we acquire 3D ultrasonic anemometry data and use this to drive a simple plume eddy dispersion model.

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2020

Calculating Project Increases

Johnny Vermillion - Spirit Environmental

Description

Do you find Major New Source Review applicability confusing? Have you noticed that even the initial step of trying to figure out project increases (much less the rest of the program) already starts to descend into a confusing mess? When it comes to calculating project increases these days, the “devil is in the details”. This presentation will provide background and suggested approaches on the new the EPA guidelines along with insight on some states’ decision on implementation.

Date

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Time

11:30AM

Location

Room 412

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CEMS

Common CEMS RATA Failures and Risks

Paula Metz - Alliance Source Testing

Description

This presentation will focus on thing that may cause a CEMS RATA to fail and what can be done on the facility side and by the stack tester to reduce the potential for failures.

Date

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Time

11:00AM

Location

Room 404

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February 20th

Kinder Morgan Methane Reduction Activities: Where are We Now and Where Do We Go From Here

Karen Nielsen - Kinder Morgan

Description

Karen will discuss how Kinder Morgan started methane reduction activities, achievements to date, and plans for improving programs going forward.

Date

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Time

1:00PM

Location

Room 6th Floor Exhibit Hall

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Best Management Practices

Auditing in the New Decade: Creating Value by Reducing Environmental Liabilities and Risks

Tim Wilkins & Eric Hodek - Bracewell LLP & Ramboll

Description

Environmental liabilities pose significant risks in mergers, acquisitions, and ongoing concerns. Our presenters will discuss practical strategies for stakeholders, owners, or operators to leverage audit protections to strengthen their financial position.

Date

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Time

11:00AM

Location

Room 616A

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Air Permitting

NSPS OOOOa: Updates, Equivalency, and the Alternative Work Practice

Karen Marsh - US EPA

Description

On October 15, 2018, EPA proposed technical revisions to the NSPS OOOOa. The proposal addressed many topics, including the application process for the use of emerging technologies for fugitive emissions detection. There have been various efforts to develop frameworks for understanding equivalency but several questions remain unanswered, particularly around how EPA will evaluate potential alternatives. On December 22, 2008, EPA published a voluntary alternative work practice for LDAR using optical gas imaging, which may provide some insight into future equivalency evaluations for sources in NSPS OOOOa. Since promulgation of the alternative work practice, advancements have been made in leak detection technologies that warrant examination of revisions to that rule as well. This presentation will provide a brief status update of the technical amendments to NSPS OOOOa including examining key questions regarding emerging technologies and equivalence to the OGI fugitive emissions program. This presentation will also explore how updates for the alternative work practice may provide insight for evaluating equivalency for OOOOa. 1 Hour Presentation.

Date

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Time

1:30PM

Location

Room 6th Floor Exhibit Hall

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Best Management Practices

Reducing Well Pad Air Emissions

Jeffrey Wilson - EcoVapors Recovery Systems

Description

The U.S. EPA promulgated Clean Air Act regulations for upstream oil and gas facilities initially in 2011. While these regulations have been amended and expanded on several occasions to cover a variety of sources, emission data from upstream oil and gas facilities indicate that vapor resulting from the pressure drop from separation represents the largest single source of VOCs. Initial focus was on controlling or destroying the VOCs, although recovery of the rich gas is also a potential source of additional profit. The presentation compares and contrasts several of the standard methods for addressing these emissions from atmospheric storage and presents new technology for optimizing profitability while significantly reducing emissions and flaring. The effectiveness of reducing emissions of criteria pollutants as well as greenhouse gas emissions is also contrasted.

Date

Friday, February 21, 2020

Time

11:30AM

Location

Room 617

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Chemical

Turnaround LDAR Best Management Practices

Jeff Diehl - Think Environmental

Description

Description coming soon.

Date

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Time

11:30AM

Location

Room 400

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Chemical

How Digital Transformation Can Impact Compliance for Environmental and Safety Regulation

Marcelo Carugo, Marcio Donnangelo, & Steve Probst - Emerson Automation Solutions

Description

This presentation will give you an overview of how Digital Transformation is eliminating layers of complexity to bring pre–interpreted field data directly to those who need to make decisions and take action. Two examples will be highlighted: Environmental reporting involves flow measurements which must be verified to be accurate. Discovery of an inaccurate measurement can be costly for operators as they may pay fines from the last date they can prove accurate measurement. Meter verification tools make it simple and convenient to prove accuracy over time. Operators will be notified of problems immediately to avoid misreporting and allowing for immediate corrective action. PRVs are no longer isolated mechanical devices that rely on manual rounds as part of a preventive maintenance program. Release and leakage alerts can be wirelessly monitored, and then integrated into reporting and analytical systems. Powerful tools are now available to interpret these patterns and predict future releases before they occur.

Date

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Time

10:30AM

Location

Room 417B

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CEMS

Particulate Testing: Modern Solutions to Modern Limits

Justin Sullivan - Alliance Source Testing

Description

Particulate matter (PM) with diameters less than 10 and 2.5 micrometers pose a significant health risk to local communities. Because of this, regulations regarding PM 10 and PM 2.5 are ever increasing. The methodology used to test for PM is advancing to meet the needs of modern standards. Other Test Method (OTM) 37 offers a superior approach to PM testing as compared to traditional sampling techniques. This discussion will take an in depth look at several side by side comparisons of data from OTM 37 and traditional sampling methods. Topics discussed will include reduced test time, greater analytical sensitivity, and decreased bias from interferents.

Date

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Time

3:00PM

Location

Room 404

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Best Management Practices

Boiler and Process Heater Tuning as a Best Management Practice

John Bacon - TRC Consulting

Description

While most facilities perceive 40 CFR 63 Subpart DDDDD (Boiler and Heater MACT, or MACT DDDDD) as costly regulation, four years of data compiled from the annually and biennially recurring tune-ups indicates the opposite is true. In fact, regular boiler and process heater tuning for natural gas fired sources can lead to considerable cost savings related to fuel use and a simple payback on the tune-ups services within months. The purpose of this presentation is intended to enlighten the audience on the benefits of boiler and process heater tuning, using data compiled from tune-ups performed on nearly 600 combustion sources, and conducted in accordance with the Boiler MACT work practice standard. Also, how a facility can further benefit from the regular performance of these services beyond the regulatory framework.

Date

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Time

4:00PM

Location

Room 417A

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Chemical

Alternative Work Practice: How Revisions May Affect Refineries

Karen Marsh - US EPA

Description

On December 22, 2008, EPA published a voluntary alternative work practice for LDAR using optical gas imaging. Since promulgation, advancements have been made in leak detection technologies that warrant examination of revisions to the alternative work practice. EPA plans to propose revisions to the alternative work practice in 2020 which may impact how refineries would implement the alternative. This presentation will discuss key questions, related to refineries, that EPA is considering during development of this proposal.

Date

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Time

12:00PM

Location

Room 400

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Emerging Technology

Applications and Field Results for Quantitative Optical Gas Imaging

Jon Morris - Providence Photonics

Description

Optical Gas Imaging (OGI) is gaining traction as the best available Leak Detection and Repair technology(LDAR) for the detection of fugitive emissions. The NSPS OOOOa regulations, for the first time, have allowed for OGI as the primary LDAR technology. In addition, the emerging field of Quantitative Optical Gas imaging (QOGI) has opened up new applications and new possibilities for OGI. A recent QOGI method which allows operators to determine emission rates using a handheld optical gas imager. The technology has been tested and validated through various field studies and independent testing.This presentation will discuss applications and field testing results for QOGI in the upstream oil and gas industry. QOGI results are compared to known release rates and other quantitative methods. Applications for QOGI in both upstream and downstream oil and gas and petrochemical industries. Comparisons are made between available quantification technologies in the context of Leak Detection and Repair.

Date

Friday, February 21, 2020

Time

9:00AM

Location

Room 616B

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Air Permitting

Optimizing NG Compressor Station Permitting

Joel LeBlanc - Ashworth Leininger Group

Description

This presentation puts forth a blueprint for a natural gas compressor station which maximizes compression capacity while maintaining an air emissions minor source status. The presentation will review common emissions sources, go into detail about equipment design considerations for minimizing emissions, and highlight best management practices.

Date

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Time

11:00AM

Location

Room 616B

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Emerging Technology

Advanced Technology for Real Time Fence-Line Perimeter Monitoring

Gilad Shpitzer - Atmosfir Optics Ltd.

Description

Atmosfir Optics, Ltd., will present the D-fenceline System, an advanced software application, applied to classical FTIR, Open Path Technology, providing significant and unique improvement to remote sensing of fence-line boundaries. We will discuss how these unique algorithms have been applied in the field to drive detection limits down an order of magnitude, pinpoint emission sources with an advanced triangulation algorithm, and increase confidence in using real time data for rapid mitigation and alerts, with instantaneous, real time spectral validation against the NIST reference spectra.

Date

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Time

11:00AM

Location

Room 417B

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Chemical

Leveraging Digital Twin technology to reduce inspection-related defects and optimize your LDAR program

Boun Sananikone, David Tullos - Bureau Veritas

Description

LDAR programs are based upon accurate inspections, timely repair, and proper identification of required components which need to monitored. Without the aforementioned, components working in parallel, your program maybe missing critical inspection points. Learn how Bureau Veritas is improving internal quality and helping our clients develop world-class fugitive emissions programs through our methodology.

Date

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Time

2:30PM

Location

Room 400

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Chemical

The Forecast for Your LDAR Program Looks Cloudy, and Why That’s a Good Thing

Christopher Tucker - InspectionLogic Corporation

Description

InspectionLogic has worked hard to move LDAR to a cloud based solution. We have learned a ton along the way and the benefits for everyone involved are huge! Come learn why moving your LDAR program to the cloud is a good thing and how it will benefit you, your facility, and your technicians. Topics will include data security, data accessibility, and what an “always connected” handset really means for LDAR technicians.

Date

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Time

1:30PM

Location

Room 400

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Chemical

Ultra-Low Steam Consumption, High Capacity Smokeless Flare

Clayton Francis - Zeeco

Description

This paper will introduce the technology behind, test data for, and industry challenges addressed by a new Ultra-Low Steam Consumption, High Capacity Smokeless Flare design developed by Zeeco, Inc. This flare technology is designed to further improve flaring efficiency and reduce steam consumption while continuing to meet the EPA Code of Federal Regulations, Chapter 1, Subchapter C, Part 63, Subpart CC requirements. We will focus on how the design addresses known industry challenges in high capacity, low steam consumption flaring, such as needing the ability to operate at low flare gas pressure since many applications have a maximum flare gas pressure at the flare tip of 3 psig. The paper will detail how this new design can achieve as low as 0.17 lbs. steam / lbs. flare gas at 20% of maximum flow rate, with the maximum flow rate achieved at a flare gas pressure of 3 psig. The above data is based upon a 5 mph wind with less than Ringlemann 1 opacity and a flare gas that is 100% propylene. For smokeless operation with propylene, other current steam assisted flare designs require approximately 0.5 lbs. steam / lbs. flare gas and / or a much higher flare gas pressure at maximum flaring capacity. Ultra-Low Consumption Steam Assisted Flaring is very important since any reduction in the required steam flow rate saves not only money, but also reduces the emissions produced from the production of the required higher steam flows. A key feature of this technology is that the air and steam mixture leave the flare at the same elevation as the flare tip exit, meaning no pre-mixing of air into the flare stream. Other current industry designs mix the air and steam with the flare gas prior to exiting the flare tip, negatively impacting the NHVcz according to the new calculation parameters required by MACT CC. Zeeco’s design more efficiently mixes the steam and air together and then mixes the resulting stream with the flare gas, creating a final mixture with a significantly increased volume of air. When the resulting mixture interacts with the flare gas at the tip exit, the increased air volume is readily available for combustion, meaning the flare is less likely to smoke. Since the design more efficiently mixes the air and steam together, less steam is required to achieve smokeless operation. Furthermore, the inherent efficiency of the mixing delivers a design less dependent upon using flare gas pressure to achieve smokeless operation. The flare can successfully operate at lower gas pressures at maximum flow rate.

Date

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Time

2:00PM

Location

Room 406

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Chemical

It's Not Dead, It's Mostly Dead - CD Termination

Suzanne Murray - HaynesBoone

Description

What is the process for terminating a consent decree with EPA and the Department of Justice? Is the process improved in this Administration or are terminations still stalled by disagreements over terms and what does "done" mean? This presentation will walk through the current overview of PRI CDs that have been terminated and lessons learned for those still open and for future agreements.

Date

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Time

10:30AM

Location

Room 416B

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Drones

Drone Based OGI OOOOa (Quadcopter Drone)

Roy Massengale - Enrud

Date

Friday, February 21, 2020

Time

11:30AM

Location

Room 616A

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February 21st

Holistic Asset Management Using Methane Data & Analytics

Aaron Van Pelt - Picarro

Description

Advances in mobile methane detection technology and analytics allow natural gas emissions data to be collected at a speed and scale not previously possible. Concurrent advances in “Big Data” Analytics allow better-informed conclusions to be drawn from that data and action taken. Such data-driven decisions are showing substantial financial benefits in pipe replacement, risk reduction, leak survey and emissions reduction. Methane data can be collected across a natural gas network and then used for multiple applications – an example being annual patrols to find and repair the highest-emitting leaks wherein secondary uses of the same data might be for improved prioritization of pipeline replacement projects and for risk-based leak survey. This revolution in the rapid, wide-scale collection and use of methane data is driving gas operators to use it in all aspects of how they manage their assets.

Date

Friday, February 21, 2020

Time

9:30AM

Location

Room 616B

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February 21st

Advances in Airborne Gas Leak Detection

Peter Roos - Bridger Photonics

Description

This presentation will describe, in simple terms, the three types of airborne gas leak detection solutions. The presentation will then highlight how recent technology advances are reducing operational leak monitoring costs by 60% to 90%. The presentation will answer the questions “What is Gas Mapping LiDAR”.

Date

Friday, February 21, 2020

Time

11:30AM

Location

Room 616B

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February 20th

A New Way to Measure Toxic Gases with Wireless and IIoT

Josh Hernandez - Emerson Automation Solutions

Description

Toxic gases remain in the top issues facing the oil and gas industry from a safety perspective. Hydrogen sulfide (H2S) gas, Carbon Monoxide (CO), and Oxygen depletion (O2) are among the most common hazards in the process industries. The gases are extremely toxic and dangerous to personnel who work in these areas. These gases can accumulate in any area where oil or natural gas is processed, stored, or transported. Many cases of people sickened or killed by toxic or harmful fumes are reported throughout the world. Emerson provides a solution to keep end users safe with wireless technology

Date

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Time

2:30PM

Location

Room 417B

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Chemical

Advantages of Hot-Filter Cooled OGI technology for Leak Detection and Quantification

Ram Hashmonay - Opgal

Description

The ability to manually replace or automatically swap filters in an OGI camera provide many advantages for various OGI applications. This presentation reviews several OGI applications, where swapping the filter provides better detection sensitivity, longer range, compounds' classification, and more accurate quantification.

Date

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Time

11:00AM

Location

Room 400

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Chemical

The Transformation of LDAR: Predictive Leak Management Software

Brian Whitley - Emission Monitoring Service, Inc. (EMSI)

Description

Description coming soon.

Date

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Time

2:00PM

Location

Room 400

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February 20th

ZEVAC® - Reducing gas released during routine operations & maintenance

Brad Sando - TPE Midstream

Description

Intentional release of natural gas during routine operations and maintenance has been identified by the US House Pipeline Safety Bill as an area to implement best-available technology for capturing released gas. Make ZEVAC® your BAT/BACT for reducing or eliminating release activity, as it was designed specifically to handle high frequency, low volume events keeping the gas safely in the piping system. Look to ZEVAC® to reduce or eliminate emissions throughout the value chain, whether you’re upstream, gathering, transmission, storage or distribution. For NGL operators, ZEVAC® Q is an industry first compressor technology capable of handling both liquid and vapor phase. Q is a safe alternative to thermal controls and flaring.

Date

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Time

10:30AM

Location

Room 617

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Best Management Practices

Barr will demonstrate its free Microsoft Excel spreadsheet tools for storage tank emissions, LDAR program review and compliance reporting, and MACT CC flare NHVcz standards

Corey Mead - Barr Engineering

Description

Description coming soon

Date

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Time

11:30AM

Location

Room 417A

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Chemical

Same Road; Different Trees

Daniel Boreman - Emission Monitoring Service, Inc. (EMSI)

Description

In an environment where so much emphasis is placed on safety, it is easy for workers to lose sight of who is truly responsible for individual safety. Complacency is arguably one of the biggest hazards faced by LDAR monitoring technicians in the field environment. This presentation highlights just how easy it is, even with the best intentions, to become complacent and offers some techniques to get workers re-focused and combat complacency.

Date

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Time

12:30PM

Location

Room 410

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February 21st

Emerging Technologies in Leak Detection and Quantification

Stephen Conley, PhD. - Scientific Aviation

Description

With scientifically-outfitted airplanes, a drone-based quantification and LDAR platform, a mobile laboratory and continuous monitoring devices (in development), Scientific Aviation has become a trusted voice in emissions research and management. Come hear what we’ve learned in our years of global experience, including our in-situ quantification methods and our perspective on emerging technologies in emissions research.

Date

Friday, February 21, 2020

Time

1:30PM

Location

Room 616B

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Air Permitting

Texas Ozone Nonattainment Area Reclassification & Potential Implications on Your Operations

Kristin Gordon - ALL4 Inc.

Description

In ALL4’s presentation, we will discuss the September 23, 2019 USEPA reclassification of the Houston-Galveston-Brazoria (HGB) and Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) nonattainment areas to serious nonattainment for the 2008 eight-hour ozone NAAQS. We will share the potential impacts on facilities located in the HGB and DFW areas including but not limited to: - Updates to major source nitrogen oxides (NOx) and volatile organic compounds (VOC) potential to emit (PTE) thresholds; - Construction and operating permits implications (New Source Review and Title V Operating Permits); - Permit by Rule (PBR) and Standard Permit authorization registration and/or certification of emissions via E-permitting mechanism; and - Timeline for demonstrating compliance.

Date

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Time

1:00PM

Location

Room 412

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Chemical

Closed Loop Flare Operations and Remote Measurement of Flare Gas Flow Rate

Yousheng Zeng - Providence Photonics

Description

A Video Imaging Spectral Radiometry (VISR) device is integrated into a flare control system to automatically adjust steam assist based on the smoke level of the flare. The VISR device is also used to remotely measure flare gas flow rate. The results of these new features and applications will be presented.

Date

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Time

3:30PM

Location

Room 408

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Air Permitting

Photochemical Modeling for Ozone Inter-Precursor Trading

Qi Zhang - GHD Services

Description

In a typical ozone Nonattainment New Source Review (NNSR) project, one requirement is to offset the project emissions of the ozone precursor (nitrogen oxides [NOx] or volatile organic compounds [VOCs]) with emissions reduction credits (ERCs) obtained from a source within the nonattainment area. As allowed by many state agencies, sometimes permit applicants choose to offset one ozone precursor with another precursor for various reasons, primary due to the ERCs for one precursor being unavailable or too expensive. To support this inter-precursor trading, state agencies and the United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) require a photochemical grid modeling analysis to demonstrate the inter-precursor trading will not adversely affect the area’s attainment demonstration.

Date

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Time

2:30PM

Location

Room 412

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Best Management Practices

Do you have the Right Tank? Thief Hatch?

James Van Horne - SLR International Corporation

Description

Coming soon.

Date

Friday, February 21, 2020

Time

9:30AM

Location

Room 617

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Air Permitting

Launcher and Receiver Consent Decree

Rob McHale & Jake Fournier - MPLX G&P & Marathon

Description

MPLX LP, through its subsidiaries MarkWest Liberty Midstream & Resources, L.L.C. and Ohio Gathering Company, L.L.C., has entered into a first-of-its-kind agreement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the U.S. Department of Justice to implement design and operating improvements at pipeline launcher and receiver stations. As a result of these best management practices, emissions from these operations are expected to be reduced by as much as 85 percent. As part of the agreement, we are sharing our proprietary designs for “pig ramps” to minimize liquid loss during pig retrieval and information on the installation of depressure systems to reduce the pressure in the launcher/receiver chamber prior to opening.

Date

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Time

10:00AM

Location

Room 617

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Best Management Practices

Methane Emissions - Adopting a find it, fix it mentality!

Scott Wallis - Score Valves

Description

When companies detect a fugitive emission on their asset, it usually gets added to a leak register for repair at the next convenient opportunity. Because so many "weeps" can exist at any one time, if the repair program is not efficient and weeps are not repaired in a timely manner, this not only costs the asset money and affects performance, it becomes a serious safety and environmental issue. If just one leak was to escalate and shut the plant down, this has a huge financial cost and knock on impact. The message - It can be avoided if we find and repair our weeps regularly.

Date

Friday, February 21, 2020

Time

10:30AM

Location

Room 617

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Best Management Practices

ICI FLIR and TDLAS Enabled Drone Basics of Capabilities and Functionality

Gary Strahan - Gary Strahan

Description

Description coming soon.

Date

Friday, February 21, 2020

Time

1:30PM

Location

Room 616A

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Emerging Technology

Handheld and Small-UAV Laser Sensors for Natural Gas Leak Imaging and Quantification

Michael B. Frish, Paul Wehnert & Milton Heath III - Physical Sciences & Heath Consultants

Description

We present lightweight handheld and aerial natural gas leak survey tools that cost-effectively locate, visualize, and directly quantify emissions from small infrastructure sources, e.g. valves, meters, etc. These tools adapt our widely-used laser sensors (the RMLD®) to platforms that spatially scan the laser beam to create images of emission plumes with high sensitivity, spatial resolution, and temporal resolution. Early prototypes have been deployed aboard small (24”) semi-autonomous unmanned aerial and in a man-portable configuration.

Date

Friday, February 21, 2020

Time

2:00PM

Location

Room 616B

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Emerging Technology

LUMEN Terrain - Continuous Ground-Based Digital Methane Monitoring

Myalee Muller - Baker Hughes

Description

Launched in 2017, Avitas Systems is a Baker Hughes company focused on improving safety, protecting the environment, reducing asset downtime and decreasing overall inspection time and cost over traditional manual methods. To do so, Avitas Systems uses automated robotics and its suite of Artificial Intelligence software to accelerate inspections and provide applied intelligence to its customers, so that they can act on it rapidly, by accessing Avitas’s SaaS platform and optimizing their maintenance & repairs plans. In the Permian, Avitas Systems uses drones to accelerate such well sites inspections data gathering, then processes images and videos with its AI-based Computer Vision algorithm to create useful risk-based reports to Oil & Gas operators. Our goal is to inspect hundreds of Permian well sites in one day, and report to each operators the next morning for their 7 am operation meeting, so they can not only better plan and prioritize their daily routes, but also take the necessary parts and tools required to maintain or repair identified equipment issues or failure. Some of the critical inspection points are liquid or gas leaks, such as Fugitive Methane Emissions (“FME”), flares status and efficiency, advanced corrosion damage, overall equipment status (heaters, separators, scrubbers, pumps), tank volumetric, hazardous material, proper signage, solar panel position and overall well site operating conditions. Learn more at www.avitas-systems.com

Date

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Time

10:30AM

Location

Room 619

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Emerging Technology

Methane Detection using Satellites

Stephanie Germain - GHGSat

Description

Coming soon.

Date

Friday, February 21, 2020

Time

8:30AM

Location

Room 616A

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Drones

Avitas - LUMEN Sky - Aerial Drone-based Digital Methane Monitoring

Myalee Muller - Baker Hughes

Description

Launched in 2017, Avitas Systems is a Baker Hughes company focused on improving safety, protecting the environment, reducing asset downtime and decreasing overall inspection time and cost over traditional manual methods. To do so, Avitas Systems uses automated robotics and its suite of Artificial Intelligence software to accelerate inspections and provide applied intelligence to its customers, so that they can act on it rapidly, by accessing Avitas’s SaaS platform and optimizing their maintenance & repairs plans. In the Permian, Avitas Systems uses drones to accelerate such well sites inspections data gathering, then processes images and videos with its AI-based Computer Vision algorithm to create useful risk-based reports to Oil & Gas operators. Our goal is to inspect hundreds of Permian well sites in one day, and report to each operators the next morning for their 7 am operation meeting, so they can not only better plan and prioritize their daily routes, but also take the necessary parts and tools required to maintain or repair identified equipment issues or failure. Some of the critical inspection points are liquid or gas leaks, such as Fugitive Methane Emissions (“FME”), flares status and efficiency, advanced corrosion damage, overall equipment status (heaters, separators, scrubbers, pumps), tank volumetric, hazardous material, proper signage, solar panel position and overall well site operating conditions.

Date

Friday, February 21, 2020

Time

10:00AM

Location

Room 616A

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February 20th

HSE Buy-in, How to Give it, How to Get it, and How to Keep it.

Tom Hutchins - Kinder Morgan

Description

We all have great ideas, but many fail to get accepted by management and others fail after initial implementation challenges. Getting and keeping senior management buy-in and support are critical success factors for any project or program. The presentation will provide insights into key elements of obtaining senior management buy-in and the keeping the support during the implementation and operations phases of projects.

Date

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Time

12:30PM

Location

Room 6th Floor Exhibit Hall

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Drones

Right of Way Using Drones

Peter Walper - Texas Energy Raters

Description

Coming soon.

Date

Friday, February 21, 2020

Time

1:00PM

Location

Room 616A

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February 20th

Diversity & Leadership Panel

Moderated by Angela Zivkovich - Occidental Petroleum

Description

Crestwood Midstream LP – Victoria Wagner HollyFrontier – Sucheta Gokhale Colorado Research Collabrotory – Maury Dobbie 4C – Uzi Ibrahim

Date

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Time

4:00PM

Location

Room 6th Floor Exhibit Hall

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Best Management Practices

Converting Your Emissions to Electricity and More

Mark Lancaster - Baker Hughes

Description

Baker Hughes is at the forefront of the next wave of smart and efficient energy technologies that help operators discover and produce oil and gas. Technology enabling the electrification of surface facilities and pressure pumping equipment offering significant potential for operational and efficiency gains.

Date

Friday, February 21, 2020

Time

8:00AM

Location

Room 617

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Air Permitting

What to Aggregate: Geographic and Temporal Considerations in Identifying Major Modifications

Eric Groten and Eric Hodek - Vinson & Elkins and Ramboll

Description

Our presenters will discuss implications of defining your project, both spatially and temporally, for PSD permitting providing some information and insight on aggregation issues and strategies to facilitate project aggregation reviews. The Clean Air Act imposes PSD preconstruction permitting requirements on new major sources or modifications at existing major sources. Determination of “major” in both of these contexts relies on defining the scope of your project, both spatially and temporally. With “aggregation” being informed by state and federal guidance, policy, and case interpretations, project reviews and roles have become quite complex and pose risk to project schedules and economics. This presentation will provide some information insight on aggregation issues and strategies to facilitate project aggregation reviews.

Date

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Time

10:00AM

Location

Room 616B

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Best Management Practices

International Cross-Party Efforts to Improve Valve Reliability

Dave Anderson - Score Valve

Description

Given the important role many automated valves have in reliably containing and manipulating process fluids flow where there are safety, environmental or efficiency implications, it is of critical importance to know that they are fit for purpose and capable of functioning correctly on demand. Furthermore, the control and automation of these operational valves must also have the best possible reliability to ensure zero in-service failures is achieved and maintained. For these reasons, big efforts are being put into developing guidelines, technical reports and recommended practices by a wide range of technical experts worldwide, from the manufacturing, services and operating communities to achieve these goals. This paper will highlight some of the ongoing work of the subject matter experts, technical standards committees and other collaborative working groups around the globe and what implications their work is likely to have on guiding the enhancement of automated valves reliability moving forward. An overview of the work on design for reliability and operational asset management for reliability models will focus delegates’ attention on what controls and practices they currently have in place in their own organizations for valve specification, selection and management and what they may want to additionally implement moving forward, from the latest international publications / thinking. New case studies from major oil and gas operating companies and the technical solutions they have deployed will be examined for effectiveness and compliance with the recommended best practices.

Date

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Time

10:30AM

Location

Room 616A

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Emerging Technology

Autonomous Mobile Methane Monitoring

Brendan Smith - SeekOps

Description

Current emissions monitoring techniques and technologies are unable to meet growing demands for FME inspections in a cost-effective or efficient manner. SeekOps enables responsible energy production through rapid, efficient, and cost-effective FME monitoring.

Date

Friday, February 21, 2020

Time

11:00AM

Location

Room 616A

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Chemical

“4G” Combustion Technology for Flares

Jason Voskuhl & Kurt Kraus - Honeywell UOP Callidus

Description

As flare regulations tighten there has been increased emphasis on monitoring and controlling flaring. While there have been advances in steam control systems and plume monitoring systems there has not been a fundamental change in flare combustion technology for decades. This presentation introduces “4G” combustion technology which changes the paradigm of currently available “3G” flare combustion technology, and sets the bar for the next generation of flare design.

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Air Permitting

Permitting for a Successful LDAR Program

Brandon Mogan - Tora Consulting, LLC

Description

Leak Detection and Repair (LDAR) is often an afterthought during the permitting phase of a project. Common issues include: underestimated counts of fugitive emission components (valves, flanges, etc.), application of LDAR program reduction efficiencies to components that aren’t monitored, overgeneralized stream compositions, and lack of design team knowledge with respect to LDAR requirements. Failure to address these issues can result in significant penalties, underscored by numerous consent decrees issued by EPA over the past few years. The presentation will discuss best practices to address these common issues based experience with permitting and LDAR program implementation at various facilities in the US.

Date

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Time

10:30AM

Location

Room 616B

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Chemical

Safety's Competitive Advantage and the Future of the Safety, Health, and Environmental Profession - Colin Brown - Board of Certified Safety Professionals

Colin Brown - Board of Certified Safety Professionals

Description

Compliance with state and federal regulations is the absolute minimum and does not ensure the safety and health of workers. Safety and health in today's dynamic industry space must no longer be defined as the absence of harm and death. How do you turn safety into a competitive advantage, and what does the future hold for the profession entrusted with employee and customer well-being? This presentation highlights how professional development through accredited certification can change organizational culture and drive results through SH&E leadership. Learning Objectives Upon completion, the participant will be able to: Describe why compliance is not enough to reduce injuries and loss in construction. Recognize at least three ways that safety makes a company competitive. Leverage training and certification to drive higher levels of safety and productivity. Show how H&S is important not only for workers but also for front-line supervisors and executives.

Date

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Time

1:30PM

Location

Room 410

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EHS Technology for O&G/Petrochemicals

Lightweight, Modular OOOOa Certified OGI Camera Core for Handheld, UAV, or Fixed Mount CMS

Jeff Leake - Sierra Olympic Technologies, Inc.

Description

The Ventus (OGI) camera core features a 640 x 512, 15-micron pixel-pitch, "Hot" midwave-infrared (MWIR) detector array providing unmatched thermal sensitivity and weighs only 580 grams (1.28 lbs.), with lens. Designed to optimize the detection and visualization of hydrocarbon gas leaks, such as methane, propane, butane, and 20 others. The “Hot-MWIR” Ventus OGI is a lightweight, low-power, camera core that can be integrated into gimbals/enclosures for manned or unmanned aerial system platforms or for fixed mounted continuous monitoring systems. Sierra-Olympic’s compact (146.6 mm x 70.9 mm x 73.1 mm/5.77 in x 2.70 in. x 2.88 in.) OGI camera features a special narrow bandpass cold filter in a miniature, long-life, closed-cycle Stirling cooler with an f/1.5 cold shield and an optimized, light weight, f/1.5, 25mm lens. State-of-the-art components including the detector, cooler, and lens design, combine with a selection of digital and analog inputs/outputs (Camera Link, H.264 IP Video, NTSC/PAL video plus RS-232/RS-422 serial camera control) to make this camera core an ideal optical gas imaging solution for integrators, OEMs and end users. Additional features include: a 32GB SD storage card, Contrast Limited Adaptive Histogram Equalization (CLAHE), Local Area Processing (LAP), Automatic Gain Control (AGC), Sharpening, DeNoise, Gas Enhancement Mode (GEM) and Electronic Image Stabilization (EIS). Optional items will include Target Tracking, Telemetry, NMEA and GPS i/o.

Date

Friday, February 21, 2020

Time

1:00PM

Location

Room 616B

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February 21st

Passive Ultrasonic Imaging: a novel LDAR tool for gas leak detection and quantification

Florian Perrodin - Distran Ltd

Description

Ultrasound as a leak detection method in Oil & Gas has been used with little success in the past due to its time consuming nature, and the heavy training requirements. Instead of using a single microphone, novel devices such as Distran Ultra Pro have a microphone array that produces acoustic pictures instead of playing sound like previous devices. Overlaid with an optical image in real-time, the user is able to instantly pinpoints the leaks in a radius of 30 feet. The technique allows additionally to quantify leakages rate in real-time. Advantages and limits of the technique will be presented.

Date

Friday, February 21, 2020

Time

2:00PM

Location

Room 616A

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Emerging Technology

Optical Gas Imaging: From Handheld to Autonomous

Craig O’Neill and Chris Beadle - FLIR & IntelliView Technologies

Description

Optical gas imaging (OGI) has been a part of leak detection and repair for over a decade. From starting as a handheld solution to ensure safe work practices in the oil and gas industry to becoming the best system of emissions reduction (BSER) as defined by the EPA in US methane detection regulations, OGI has become a foundation of the oil and gas industry for emissions mitigation. One recent key advancement of OGI is the introduction of uncooled solutions for this technology. Uncooled OGI solutions offer the oil and gas industry a lower cost, smaller solution for methane detection that can easily be utilized for continuous 24/7 monitoring. As the oil and gas industry looks for advanced solutions to streamline methane mitigation and more efficiently diagnose leaks, new fixed uncooled OGI solutions will be able to detect and identify emissions. A combination of uncooled OGI cameras from FLIR and advanced analytics from IntelliView Technologies provides the market with an anonymous and reliable solution.

Date

Friday, February 21, 2020

Time

10:30AM

Location

Room 616A

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Best Management Practices

Isn’t It Ironic? A Case Study On Dry Seal vs. Wet Seal Centrifugal Compressor Emissions

Brandon Mogan - Montrose

Description

The EPA has been pushing hard for the conversion from wet- to dry-seal centrifugal compressors for decades in an attempt to reduce emissions from the natural gas industry. Ironically, the opposite may have happened. Data from a recent study by Tora Consulting on centrifugal compressors most commonly found in the industry indicates that emissions from dry seal units are orders of magnitude higher than emissions from their wet seal counterparts. This presentation will provide the ultimate example of “missing the forest for the trees”.

Date

Friday, February 21, 2020

Time

11:00AM

Location

Room 617

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Air Permitting

Upstream Oil and Gas Emissions Inventory Calculations

TCEQ -

Date

Friday, February 21, 2020

Time

8:00AM

Location

Room 616B

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Best Management Practices

Process Burner Flames: The Good, the Bad, and The Ugly

Charles Baukal, Bill Weimer, & John McGuire - John Zink Co. LLC

Description

John Zink Hamworthy Combustion field personnel inspect thousands of burners each year. Too often those flames are not only bad but sometimes potentially dangerous. There are a number of conditions needed for good flames. Burners should be operating at or near their design conditions which includes the excess air and draft levels, and the design firing rate (fuel pressure) and fuel composition. The combustion air must be properly distributed, the fuel must be clean, and both the air and fuel must be properly controlled. The burner and its associated equipment (e.g., tile and pilot) must also be properly installed and maintained. There are some visual indicators that should be checked for proper burner operation. These include uniformity (all flames in a given heater should normally look about the same), proper flame color, no leaning between flames or into process tubes, no pronounced hot spots or dark spots on the burner tiles, no irregular flame movement (e.g., no pulsing), and no unusual sounds (e.g., flashback). Bad flames can lead to increased pollution emissions, reduced thermal efficiency, and unplanned shutdowns. Common reasons for bad flames include improper burner maintenance and operation. Dirty fuel is particularly problematic as it can cause fuel injectors to plug which can create multiple problems. Ugly flames can be dangerous and need to be corrected as soon as possible. Examples of these irregular flames include flame impingement, huffing or pulsing, or severely lifted flames. The purpose of this presentation is to discuss proper burner operation and what good flames look like and then to contrast that with lots of examples of improper burner operation including the causes and corrections. This information can be used in the risk-based inspection and performance monitoring processes. Typically, equipment has a function statement (primary/secondary) and performance objectives and ranges. The consequences when the function of the equipment has failed is documented in the earlier processes.

Date

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Time

10:30AM

Location

Room 417A

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Chemical

Meeting Flare Emissions Regulations with BTU Measurement

Tom Watson - AMETEK Process Instruments

Description

Learn how mass spectrometer technology can be used to meet emissions requirements by measuring BTU in the flare gas. This session will cover the methods of BTU determination, and will outline the advantages of a mass spectrometer analyzer - speed, accuracy, range, etc. - while discussing application specifics, and total cost of ownership and maintenance needs. There will also be a review of mass spectrometry technology, components, and functions.

Date

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Time

11:30AM

Location

Room 408

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Chemical

Optical Flow Sensors for Environmental Compliance and Process Control

Donn Williams - Optical Scientific

Description

OSI's Optical Flow Sensor (OFS) can help you comply with EPA’s Organic Liquids Distribution MACT, RSR and Ja regulations. Unaffected by temperature, pressure, density or gas concentration, OFS makes drift-free flow measurements on flare stacks, thermal oxidizers and a host of similar routine and extreme processes alike with no shutdown needed to install.

Date

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Time

12:00PM

Location

Room 408

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Chemical

Measurement & Speciation Using Mass Spectroscopy Flare Gas Composition

Chuck deCarlo - Extrel Core Mass Spectrometers

Description

As refineries continue to optimize their approach RSR 63.670 compliance, new regulations for flare emissions are set to hit a broad range of industries over the next five years. The goal is to ensure the destruction of Hazardous Air Pollutants (HAPs) prior to release into the atmosphere, but drastic changes in vent gas composition make controlling that efficiency difficult. Getting the full composition of the vent gas quickly allows operations to apply corrections as soon as possible. Flare gas mass spectrometers measure hydrocarbons, carbon oxides, hydrogen, sulfurs, moisture and various volatile organics, and report concentrations and Net Heating Value (NHV) to the control system in seconds. Examples from recent ethylene flare gas regulations and MON sites will be covered in the discussion, along with data from oil refinery flare events.

Date

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Time

2:00PM

Location

Room 408

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Drones

Quadcopter Drones, Fixed Wing Drone, Helicopters, or Fixed Wing Plane?

David Furry - Leak Surveys Inc.

Description

Coming soon.

Date

Friday, February 21, 2020

Time

8:00AM

Location

Room 616A

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February 20th

Industry Programs & Emissions Prognostication Panel

Moderated by Roy Hartstein - RES Solutions

Description

Environmental Partnership – Matt Todd One Future – Richard Hyde NASA JPL – Riley Duren

Date

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Time

3:00PM

Location

Room 6th Floor Exhibit Hall

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CEMS

Comprehensive CEMS Stack 102: Process Optimization

Dean Kotecki - Envea

Description

Continuous monitoring instruments for bag–house filter performance control, bag leak detectors, flue gas & solid flow moisture monitoring, level detection, reagent injection control, etc. allowing the optimization of your processes: raw material & energy savings, reduction of environmental impacts.

Date

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Time

3:30PM

Location

Room 404

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Chemical

Opening Up the Opportunities for Performance Verification and Reliability Enhancement of Valves

Dave Anderson - Score Valves

Description

Most fugitive emission reduction / elimination efforts in the industrial community, especially at chemical and refining facilities have been focused on component monitoring with the implementation of LDAR (Leak Detection and Repair) programs. USEPA studies have shown that the vast majority (between 80 and 90%) of fugitive emissions are associated with valve and connector leaks . While necessary, LDAR programs are, by definition, concerned with fixing leaks when they are encountered, not preventing them. Further, it could be argued that the greatest contribution to lowering fugitive emission rates from connectors and valves is through the use of consistent time-tested assembly and maintenance procedures, and the selection of the best available technology in terms of lowest emission valve packings, gaskets, torqueing equipment, and other equipment. An overview of best practices for achieving lowest fugitive emission rates for bolted flange connectors and valves including a fugitive emissions model for gasketed connectors will be presented.

Date

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Time

3:30PM

Location

Room 400

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February 20th

The Path to Equivalency

Kristine Bennett - CSU METEC

Description

The Evaluation of Innovative Methane Detection Technologies summarizes the technical-regulatory guidance document of the same title published by the Interstate Technology & Regulatory Council (ITRC) in September 2018 (https://methane-1.itrcweb.org/). Over the last number of years, several state, national and international governments have passed or are considering methane emission regulations related to oil and natural gas production and distribution. Historically, gas detection technologies used to regulate fugitive emissions in the oil and gas sector had to comply with EPA’s Method 21 requirements. With the advent of optical gas imaging (OGI) technologies, EPA established an alternative work practice (AWP) to allow inclusion of manually operated infrared cameras for leak detection. EPA's amendments to the New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) on methane and volatile organic compounds (VOC) for oil and gas sources include Method 21 and OGI technologies as approved compliance methods, as well as the option for approving new leak detection technologies. Colorado and Pennsylvania allow similar options in their regulation of methane and VOC from oil and gas operations. In response, innovators are currently developing new technologies that go beyond Method 21 and OGI. However, there is no standard methodology or protocol to evaluate performance of new technologies like these as compared to Method 21 or OGI. The ITRC guidance document seeks to provide a framework for evaluating methane and VOC detection technologies for use in meeting existing and forthcoming leak regulations, assisting with inventory monitoring and reporting, and for enhancing safety. The document also identifies regulatory barriers and opportunities for new or innovative leak detection technologies. The guidance document does not purport to provide "the answer" on how to evaluate leak detection technologies, particularly in regard to determining equivalency of new technologies or methods with existing, approved technologies or methods. However, the document does provide a starting point in this ongoing challenge and discussion, which continues beyond the publication of the document and will be refined further over time, including through efforts such as the Path to Equivalency project being lead by the Methane Emissions Technology Evaluation Center (METEC) at Colorado State University, and the Canadian Environmental Protection Agency's Leak Detection Technology Equivalency framework currently under development.

Date

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Time

10:00AM

Location

Room 602

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February 21st

Oil & Gas Enforcement Update

Bryan Sinclair - TCEQ

Date

Friday, February 21, 2020

Time

8:30AM

Location

Room 616B

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February 21st

Methane Emissions - Whatever you do… do something!

Scott Wallis - Score Valve

Description

Touching on the impact that methane emissions have on companies, acknowledge that they will have some form of strategy in place for managing their emissions on their assets, cover these broadly but highlight improvement opportunities, concluding with an empowering message around best "current" practices.

Date

Friday, February 21, 2020

Time

1:00PM

Location

Room 617

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Chemical

California Rule 1180 Fence Line Monitoring Regulation: Lessons Learned and planning for Regulatory Compliance

Gilad Shpitzer - Atmosfir Optics Ltd.

Description

Atmosfir Optics, Ltd, will discuss California’s South Coast’s Air Quality Measurement Division’s Rule 1180 fence-line monitoring requirements, how they came into existence, where they protect public health, and where there are inconsistencies as applied to known risk levels. We will discuss cost effective ways to apply advanced technology that can quickly adapt to potential upcoming requirements from other regulators that may use this rule as a model. Lessons learned from supporting a refinery’s response will be presented.

Date

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Time

1:00PM

Location

Room 415B

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Chemical

Flare Instrumentation – Minimum "Expectations"

Derek Stuck - Spectrum Environmental Solutions, LLC

Description

As the U.S. EPA begins expanding the flare requirements first found in the Refinery Sector Rule to other industries, newly affected facilities need to begin planning the installation of new monitoring on covered flares. This potentially includes pilot monitoring, visible emissions monitoring, vent gas flow monitoring, assist gas flow monitoring, and net heating value and/or composition monitoring; all of which will be required to meet the new requirements. This presentation will summarize the monitoring required by the new flare requirements and describe some of the technologies which may be used to comply with the regulations’ requirements.

Date

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Time

10:30AM

Location

Room 408

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Best Management Practices

Utilizing Vapor Lock Technology for Tank Degassing and Tank Vent Management versus Thermal Destruction or Activated Carbon

Jim Woodard, Jeff St. Amant - Vapor Point, LLC

Description

State and Local Agency actions have added emphasis to the management of emissions from large API 650 storage tanks, as a result of regulatory action and/or public engagement. In the US most API 650 storage tanks, which are in a service where there is a potential for VOC emissions, have been outfitted with internal floating roofs, which are considered by the EPA as BACT. Historically, tank owners have had requirements for controlling emissions from tanks when existing tank attachments have malfunctioned, or when the tank is being prepared for maintenance activities. Thermal destruction devices are the most commonly used control technologies for managing tank emissions, but they may not be the most efficient or effective. This presentation will review the development of a new Vapor Lock technology for the management of tank emissions during degassing and cleaning operations, demonstrating improved operational performance, while reducing cost impacts to clients.

Date

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Time

2:00PM

Location

Room 417A

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Best Management Practices

New Technology for the Removal of Sulfur Compounds from Hydrocarbon Products, Helping Combat Economic Strains Caused by Tier II and III Sulfur Credits

Jeff St. Amant - Vapor Point, LLC

Description

While technology focus in our industry has been centered on automation and monitoring capabilities, little new science has developed in meeting the challenges that high sulfur oil and gas production has brought with it. Vapor Point and its partnership with Baker Hughes has developed new mobile technologies focused on helping clients mitigate quality issues with hydrocarbon feedstocks and products. In addition to this new mobile deployment, Vapor Point has created new chemistries capable of extracting sulfur species such as butyl mercaptan, which cannot be managed with amines or other specialty chemical technologies. This presentation will discuss existing applications where Vapor Point has assisted clients with improving the quality of both feedstocks and saleable fuels by removing unwanted sulfur contamination such as Hydrogen Sulfide, Methyl Mercaptan, Ethyl Mercaptan, Propyl Mercaptan and Butyl Mercaptan.

Date

Friday, February 21, 2020

Time

2:00PM

Location

Room 617

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Emerging Technology

Using Smart Meter Verification to Digitally Transform Environmental Reporting

Meha Jha - Emerson Automation Solutions

Description

This presentation will give you an overview of how Digital Transformation is eliminating layers of complexity to bring pre-interpreted field data directly to those who need to make decisions and take action. Environmental reporting involves flow measurements which must be verified to be accurate. Discovery of an inaccurate measurement can be costly for operators as they may pay fines from the last date they can prove accurate measurement. Meter verification tools make it simple and convenient to prove accuracy over time. Operators will be notified of problems immediately to avoid misreporting and allowing for immediate corrective action.

Date

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Time

3:30PM

Location

Room 417B

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February 20th

Detecting Natural Pipeline Threats and Changes Using Satellite Data

Sean Donegan - Satelytics

Description

Coming soon.

Date

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Time

11:00AM

Location

Room 617

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Emerging Technology

Methane Leaks Detected Over San Juan Basin Using Aerial Data

Sean Donegan - Satelytics

Date

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Time

10:00AM

Location

Room 619

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Chemical

Digital Camera Visible Emissions Method (Alternative Method 082) in lieu of Method 9 for Visible Emissions

Shawn Dolan - Virtual Technology, LLC

Description

ASTM D7520-16 and US EPA Alternative Method 082, have revolutionized Visible Emission Management practices over the last 7 years. Community Air Quality Awareness has become a litigation boiling pot, as smart phones, and low cost Particulate and Ozone monitors, have flooded the monitoring markets, making monitoring readily available to everybody everywhere. The exponential growth of the community monitoring market over the last two years will be reviewed and strategies to embrace community monitoring as a means of compliance assurance will be discussed in this presentation.

Date

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Time

2:00PM

Location

Room 417B

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Best Management Practices

Conforming to ASTM-D7036: Self-Declaration vs. Third-Party Accreditation

David Fricker - A2LA

Description

Confidence in test data is paramount to acceptance, and both users and customers want assurance of quality. In general, testing bodies that choose accreditation rather than self-declaration demand a higher quality of work to maintain that accreditation and strive to produce more reliable results. In turn, customers have greater confidence in the accuracy and validity of the data from these testing bodies. Accreditation also provides the industry with confidence that a testing body is subject to regular oversight as a motivator to continually improve their operations. The ongoing verification of compliance ensures that the testing body’s results are consistently dependable and defensible.

Date

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Time

2:30PM

Location

Room 417A

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CEMS

Live Demo: Improving Sample Probe, Chiller, and Filter Performance

Donny Klotz - M&C TechGroup North America

Description

Live demonstration to teach the audience about the many ways in which various Continuous Emissions Monitoring System components can be improved, optimized and properly specified for various applications. We'll discuss sample transport and conditioning considerations associated with extractive probe configurations, gas chiller options, filtration materials and temperature controls, and help end-users identify and overcome common CEMS challenges.

Date

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Time

10:30AM

Location

Room 404

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Emerging Technology

Satellite-based Hyperspectral Analysis for Emissions Detection, Integrity Monitoring and Compliance

Peter Weaver - Orbital Sidekick

Description

Analysis of hyperspectral imagery (HSI), collected by micro-satellite, is poised to provide unparalleled global daily leak and emissions detection capability for the chemical, oil and gas industries. Space-based HSI offers an ability to directly find leaks, detect threatening construction activity, identify physical changes to soil and vegetation caused by leaked product, and even distinguish between specific hydrocarbon liquids or vapors. In this presentation, OSK will discuss the state-of-the-art for using HSI to detect fugitive emissions. It will provide examples of inspection findings using Spectral IntelligenceTM. And, it will provide insight on how HSI can improve the operator’s ability to cost-effectively understand the conditions at and around their assets.

Date

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Time

9:00AM, 11:00AM

Location

Room 6th Floor Ballroom, 619

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February 20th

Large Area Fugitive Emission Monitoring in All Conditions - Laser Dispersion Spectroscopy

Dr. Sophie Purser - MIRICO

Description

MIRICO’s technology is designed to continuously and autonomously measure total facility methane emission rates, as well as detect, localise and quantify fugitive emissions. We will present data exemplifying the use of the technology in adverse weather conditions with no reduction in performance. It is the use of the novel laser dispersion spectroscopy technique which allows the instrument to output such accurate, precise and reliable measurements, even in rain, snow, or fog.

Date

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Time

4:00PM

Location

Room 417B

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Best Management Practices

I got 99 problems… now what? Best Practices for Addressing Audit Findings

Courtney Edge - Trinity Consultants

Description

Conducting a gap assessment or audit is a great starting point for getting your LDAR program into compliance – but that’s only the first of many steps. After findings, observations, and recommendations are identified, corrective actions must be developed and prioritized appropriately. Depending on the scope and number of identified issues, this can be a daunting task but there are ways to manage the stress and work load accordingly. This presentation will cover what to do after the completion of an audit or gap assessment of your LDAR program.

Date

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Time

1:30PM

Location

Room 417A

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Best Management Practices

Taking Advantage of the Audit Privilege When Performing EH&S Compliance Assessments

Joel LeBlanc, P.E. - Ashworth Leininger Group (ALG)

Description

In recent months, the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality made effective the Oklahoma Environmental, Health and Safety Audit Privilege Act, which is available to aircraft manufacturing, chemicals, oil and gas processing, plastics, cement, food and meat processing, and paper products. This is a continuation of a national trend towards immunity from civil and administrative penalties for regulated entities that perform voluntary EHS audits and then remedy and disclose any discovered violations. This presentation will discuss which certain key requirements that must be met to qualify for immunity and compare Oklahoma’s Audit Privilege Act to the 2017 revision of the Texas Act.

Date

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Time

10:00AM

Location

Room 616A

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February 21st

Green Gas & Emissions Intensity

Roy Hartstein - RES Solutions

Date

Friday, February 21, 2020

Time

9:00AM

Location

Room 616A

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February 21st

Large Area Fugitive Emission Monitoring in All Conditions - Laser Dispersion Spectroscopy

Dr. Sophie Purser - Mirico

Description

MIRICO’s technology is designed to continuously and autonomously measure total facility methane emission rates, as well as detect, localise and quantify fugitive emissions. We will present data exemplifying the use of the technology in adverse weather conditions with no reduction in performance. It is the use of the novel laser dispersion spectroscopy technique which allows the instrument to output such accurate, precise and reliable measurements, even in rain, snow, or fog.

Date

Friday, February 21, 2020

Time

11:00AM

Location

Room 616B

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February 21st

Achieve SCR Level NOx Performance with ClearSign Core Burners

Stephen Sock - ClearSign Combustion Corporation

Date

Friday, February 21, 2020

Time

9:00AM

Location

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