March 22, 2024

Mastering Methane Emissions Management in Upstream and Midstream Oil & Gas Requires Collaboration

Why partnering with technology and consulting leaders is the solution in a rapidly changing emissions landscape

Effectively mitigating methane emissions is critical in the oil and gas sector. Methane, a highly potent greenhouse gas with significant warming potential, demands targeted and efficient reduction strategies. 

Addressing this issue demands technological innovation and a collaborative approach that spans across organizations, leveraging expertise from different corners of the industry. The urgency to mitigate methane emissions is amplified by evolving regulatory landscapes and the global push towards Net Zero ambitions, making the task complex and pressing.

The Ever-evolving Emissions Landscape

In recent years, there has been a surge in technological advancements aimed at detecting and quantifying methane emissions. The industry is better equipped to tackle methane emissions head-on, from ground-breaking sensor technologies and drone-based assessments to comprehensive aerial surveys and sophisticated satellite monitoring. However, the advent of these technologies brings a "data tsunami"—an overwhelming influx of information that operators must navigate to extract actionable insights. This challenge is compounded by a regulatory environment that is both diverse and dynamic, with standards and mandates varying across geographical and jurisdictional lines. Mastery over these hurdles requires agility, technological proficiency, and strategic foresight.

Standards like OGMP 2.0, EPA Subpart W, and frameworks like MiQ or Veritas GTI certifications add to the evolving regulatory landscape. Operators must stay informed to ensure compliance and maintain a competitive edge in a market increasingly focused on responsible energy production.

Collaboration as the Essential Catalyst

The solution lies in harnessing the power of collaboration. The case study featured on Climate Investment's blog, in which SensorUp partnered with Oxy (Occidental) and BCG (Boston Consulting Group), offers a prime example. This insightful video, Solving Methane: A Story of Collaboration, further reinforces the story of collaboration, showing how these companies worked together to define a methane solution.

Each entity brought its unique expertise to the table:

  • SensorUp: The Technology Backbone. SensorUp's end-to-end methane emissions management platform addresses the critical bottleneck created by diverse data sources. It functions as the integration and analysis hub, unifying ground-based LDAR surveys, continuous monitoring sensors, drones, aircraft, and satellite data. The platform builds a real-time, 360-degree view of an operator's emissions profile, facilitating intelligent prioritization of repairs, root cause analysis, and more accurate regulatory reporting.
  • Oil and Gas Operators: The End-Users. Operators like Oxy drive the development of technologies needed to solve their real-world operational problems. Oxy's early adoption of methane detection systems and desire for a single software interface fueled SensorUp's development. This collaboration offers operators a comprehensive solution that streamlines methane management, accelerates leak mitigation, and supports efforts for compliance with OGMP 2.0.
  • Consulting Firms: Experts in Guidance and Implementation. Consultants like  BCG bring critical expertise in project management, emissions strategy frameworks, and technology implementation. Their role is to bridge the gap between end-users and technology providers, ensuring the final solution is tailored to the specific needs of upstream and midstream oil and gas operators. They also offer a valuable external viewpoint that helps translate emissions targets into actionable project plans. Furthermore, consultants accelerate your path to value by addressing data readiness challenges. By assessing your current data management practices and infrastructure, they can identify bottlenecks and develop strategies to streamline data collection, processing, and integration – critical steps that ensure your organization is prepared to maximize the benefits of methane management technology.

Why Partnering is the Future of Methane Emissions Management

By recognizing that no single entity has all the answers, upstream and midstream oil and gas companies can tap into the power of collaboration to conquer the methane reduction challenge. Here's why external partnerships are vital:

  • Agility in a Shifting Environment: Technology, regulations, and market demands evolve quickly. Partnering with experts ensures operators can always access market-defining solutions to comply with regulations and specific requirements, such as OVG (Overall Vent Gas) limitations, and achieve certifications like MiQ and GTI Veritas.
  • Speed to Value: Collaboration enables faster integration and deployment of new technologies and strategies, bypassing time-consuming in-house development cycles.
  • Focus on Core Operations: Partnerships alleviate the burden on in-house resources, allowing operators to remain focused on their core exploration, production, processing, and transportation operations.
  • Cross-Industry Best Practices: External partners bring a wealth of experience from working across the industry, enriching methane management strategies with best practices and insights from a broad spectrum of projects.

SensorUp Has A Comprehensive Solution for Methane Management

SensorUp Gas Emissions Management Solutions embodies the collaborative approach to methane management. This cloud-based software solution goes beyond just data collection, offering a comprehensive suite of features designed to empower oil and gas operators to take control of their emissions:

  • Data Integration and Management: SensorUp acts as a central hub, seamlessly ingesting and unifying data from various detection technologies. Whether OGI, fixed sensors, aerial surveys, or satellite data, SensorUp aggregates the information for a holistic emissions picture.
  • Intelligent Analytics and Visualization: The platform uses advanced analytics and machine learning to identify emission hotspots, prioritize repairs, and track progress over time: customizable dashboards and intuitive visualizations aid decision-making.
  • Streamlined Workflows and Task Management: SensorUp optimizes work order management, simplifying the process of scheduling leak repairs, tracking technician progress, and ensuring timely follow-ups.
  • Emissions Quantification and Reporting: The platform offers robust emissions quantification capabilities and generates regulatory-compliant reports, fulfilling requirements for frameworks such as OGMP 2.0 and the EPA's Subpart W.

SensorUp: The Right Partner for the Journey

If you're ready to transform your methane management approach, SensorUp stands ready to collaborate. The platform's modularity allows for tailored configurations, ensuring it meets requirements regardless of company size. Contact us today to explore how SensorUp can optimize your methane reduction efforts and help you achieve your sustainability goals.

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