Innovation towards cost-effective and trustworthy GHG detection.
As detailed in an email to the Roundtable (Wednesday, 13 March 2013) - research has been proposed to develop leading practice GHG detection methods. The same details are posted on this Working Group’s webpage. Discussions with a few key company members of the Roundtable and APPEA have revealed a potential opportunity to link this research to efforts in other jurisdictions. These options are being considered to avoid overlaps in effort.
Background (circulated to the Roundtable Wednesday, 13 March 2013):
As cited in the Roadmap for Unconventional Gas (pp 11, Executive Summary, Key Findings, Item 1), the International Energy Agency’s golden rules for the golden age of gas includes the aspiration to “eliminate venting”. Industry and regulators should be working towards this aspiration.
Successful development of reliable, cost-effective methods and technologies to confirm the efficacy of properly constructed petroleum wells and transport infrastructure to prevent fugitive emissions should bolster public trust in the environmental sustainability of petroleum (including unconventional gas) development, production and transport.
Discussions with University College London’s (UCL’s) Adelaide Campus executives and UCL’s Mullard Space Science Laboratory (MSSL) and the University of Adelaide’s Institute for Photonics and Advanced Sensing (IPAS) and Sprigg Geobiology Centre (SGC) people resulted in a proposal to develop cost-effective remote sensing and ground truth technologies to detect fugitive GHG emissions.
This is entails an airborne platform to demonstrate UCL’s MSSL hyperspectral instruments capability to detect fugitive methane emissions, IPAS laser technologies and SGB spectrometry to provide ground truth in an area with minimum ‘noise’ and prevalent existing and future oil and gas operations e.g. the Cooper Basin. If demonstrated to be cost effective – the MSSL technology could be deployed in either a station keeping balloon or spacecraft.
A précis of this research components are linked below:
- Research proposal: Assessment of hyperfine hyperspectral remote sensing in Australian resources sector (PDF 93KB)
- Mobile laser-based technologies for high resolution ground-based methane detection (PDF 116KB)
- A comprehensive methane detection solution (PDF 1.55MB)
- Fugitive gas emission determination: Baseline studies and monitoring during operations (PDF 60KB)
22 November 2013
On 22 November 2013, guest speaker Matt Harrison, international expert in GHG emissions, gave a presentation on current leading practice research into GHG monitoring in upstream petroleum operations in the USA.
Resources from the Working Group 5 meeting on 22 November 2013 are available below for download: