Six companies presented their technologies to Texas oil and natural gas operators
November 30, 2020
AUSTIN—On Thursday, November 19 the Texas Methane and Flaring Coalition held a virtual technology showcase to highlight and present emerging technology solutions to operators in the oil and natural gas industry. TMFC Presents: Emerging Oil & Natural Gas Technologies Showcase: Focus on Flaring and Methane Emissions Reductions featured six companies discussing their technology solutions for operators in Texas that will help reduce flaring and methane emissions.
“This showcase only further exemplifies the oil and natural gas industry’s proactive approach to seeking solutions to reducing flaring and emissions,” said Todd Staples, president of the Texas Oil & Gas Association, a Member of the Texas Methane and Flaring Coalition. “Pioneering innovation and technology like those presented today is the reason why methane emissions from U.S. oil and natural gas systems are down 23% since 1990 and why CO2 levels are at their lowest in a generation, and these numbers will only improve as industry continues its commitment to environmental progress.”
The Texas Methane and Flaring Coalition was established in December 2019 and includes seven trade associations and more than 40 Texas operators. The Coalition was formed to develop industry-led solutions designed to mitigate and reduce methane emissions and flaring.
The six presenting companies and their technologies showcased at the TMFC Emerging Oil & Natural Gas Technologies Showcase were:
Aspen Engineering Services (https://aspenesco.com/)
James Meyer, Principal with Aspen Engineering Services, presented on the company’s unique technology for flare gas and tank vent capture. Compliance solutions include: flare gas reduction without refrigeration or additives, NGL recovery, crude oil stabilization, crude oil tank vent elimination, gas conditioning, and artificial lift.
Axiom Energy Group (https://www.axiom-energy.com/)
James C. Green, President and CEO, and Forrest Heath, Engineering Manager, presented on Axiom Energy Group’s innovative clean energy solutions. With patented technology, Axiom’s Vapor Recovery Systems have “run times” in excess of 98% which reduce flaring. The Automatic Secondary Air Control system with patented technology maintains a constant fuel-to-air ratio across the full burner firing, maintaining the excess oxygen at 2% to 5% across the entire firing range of the burner, which also significantly reduces emissions.
Ecovapor Recovery Systems (https://www.ecovaporrs.com/)
Jeff Wilson, Product Manager with Ecovapor Recovery Systems, presented on the company’s low pressure gas and vapor management technology. Ecovapor was founded in 2010 to address recovery of site vapor and reduce emissions. The company has considerable expertise in low pressure gas and vapor management and offers products that allow for the direct capture of all site vapor directly from storage. Full capture of site vapor eliminates the need for flaring of tank vapors using combustors or low-pressure flares. Ecovapor’s patented ZerO2 technology removes oxygen from gas streams and allows for the capture of low pressure vapor while meeting sales pipeline specifications. Flaring is substantially reduced.
Paul Munding, Vice President of Petroleum Engineering for Flogistix, presented information on the company’s vapor recovery technology. Flogistix was the first vapor recovery company to implement a PLC (Programmable Logic Controller) to control their dynamic VRU compressor skid. The Certified Vapor Recovery (CVR) software application is a new program Flogistix created for producers to show compliance to all stakeholders of having eliminated emissions at the point of production. With the advent of FLIR camera proliferation, it has been shown that many vapor recovery units were deployed to the field merely as attempts to control emissions without systematic protocols. CVR aims to solve this problem by performing a mass balance audit of flash vapors at each site.
Phil Wilhelm, the Director of Business Development for GHGSat, presented on the company’s remote-sensing technology. GHGSat provides actionable greenhouse gas emissions data and insights to businesses, governments, and regulators worldwide. The firm is the first on the market to combine its satellite and aircraft sensors, offering greater data accuracy and facilitating timely strategic decision-making insights. With proprietary remote-sensing capabilities and patented technology, GHGSat can monitor emissions from individual facilities. These high-resolution, frequent measurements are complemented by industry-specific analytics services to deliver valuable emissions data and predictive insights to support operational agility, environmental imperatives as well as health and safety objectives.
Brian Cebull, CEO of GTUIT, presented on the company’s mobile gas processing technology. Founded in 2011, GTUIT has developed an environmentally beneficial, proprietary solution for processing raw associated gas in the field (i.e. natural gas in oil-producing wells.) The Company has established itself as a preferred mobile gas processor to some of the largest operators in the Bakken Shale and DJ Basin. GTUIT has focused on mobile flare gas recovery, rich vapor monetization, capturing of VOCs, and other operational enhancements on the production site.
To learn more about the Texas Methane and Flaring Coalition, visit www.texasmethaneflaringcoalition.org.