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Producers Technology Transfer Workshop - College Station, Texas

Petroleum Corporation and the American Exploration & Production Council (AXPC) - May 17, 2007

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8:00 am - 8:30 am Continental Breakfast and Registration
8:30 am - 8:45 am Welcome & Opening Remarks
Suzie Young, Natural Gas STAR Program
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
8:45 am - 9:15 am EPA Natural Gas STAR Program (PDF) ( 24 pp., 1.2M) – An overview of the Natural Gas STAR Program, its successes to date and details on how to access its benefits.
9:15 am - 9:45 am Anadarko Partner Experience: Vapor Recovery Tower (PDF) ( 10 pp., 372K) – Anadarko will discuss their approach and experience in utilizing vapor recovery towers at their production sites. Details of the implementation decision and practical tips will be provided.
9:45 am - 10:30 am Methane Savings from Compressors (PDF) ( 20 pp., 541K) – This presentation outlines the technical and economic decision making process for replacing worn compressors components, which cause natural gas losses, and describes the potential operational benefits, reduced methane emissions, and cost savings achieved.
10:30 am - 10:45 am Break
10:45 am - 11:30 am Directed Inspection and Maintenance (DI&M) and Optical Imaging (PDF) ( 24 pp., 562K) – A detailed review of implementing a DI&M program at production facilities to detect, measure, prioritize and repair leaks to reduce methane emissions. Emphasis will be placed on using optical imaging to aid in leak detection.
11:30 am - 12:15 pm Anadarko Partner Experience: DI&M with Optical Imaging (PDF) ( 1 pp., 146K) – Anadarko will discuss results, challenges and successes associated with utilizing optical imaging in their directed inspection and maintenance programs. The discussion will also offer insight for obtaining operational and managerial support for these efforts.
12:15 pm - 1:15 pm Lunch
1:15 pm - 2:00 pm Producer Best Management Practices (PDF) ( 30 pp., 730K) – This presentation covers several cost-effective methane emission reduction opportunites, including plunger lifts, smart automation well venting, and vapor recovery units. A detailed step-by-step decision process for their implementation, cost and benefit information, and practical implementation tips and resources for further information are provided.
2:00 pm - 2:45 pm Partner Experience: Reduced Emissions Completions (PDF) ( 15 pp., 580K) – This presentation by Devon Energy will discuss how reduced emissions techniques can remove sand, cuttings, and liquids during a completion to recover gas that is normally vented to the atmosphere.
2:45 pm 3:00 pm Break
3:00 pm - 3:45 pm Natural Gas Dehydration (PDF) ( 34 pp., 487K) – This presentation provides an overview of methane emissions and reduction opportunities for producers during natural gas dehydration. The presentation will include discussion of both glycol dehydrators as well as desiccant dehydrators.
3:45 pm Closing Remarks


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