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Technology Transfer Workshop on Methane Emissions in the Petroleum and Gas Sector / Technology Demonstration

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
Co-hosted by The Argentine Oil and Gas Institute (IAPG), Transportadora de Gas del Sur SA, and Pan American Energy
November 5-6, 2008

Wednesday, November 5
9:00 am - 9:30 am Registration
9:30 am - 9:45 am Welcome & Opening Session
Argentine Oil and Gas Institute, US EPA
9:45 am - 10:00 am The Methane to Markets Partnership and the Natural Gas STAR International Program (PDF) (21 pp, 1.9 MB)
Carey Bylin, US EPA
10:00 am - 10:45 am Methane Emission Reductions in Production Wells: Reduced Emission Completions in Gas Wells; Intelligent Automation of Gas Well Plunger Lifts (PDF) (30 pp, 4.2 MB)
Don Robinson, ICF International
10:45 am - 11:30 am Methane Emission Reductions Through Vapor Recovery from Oil and Condensate Storage and Holding Tanks (PDF) (38 pp, 5.5 MB)
Larry Richards, Hy-Bon Engineering
11:30 am - 12:00 pm Break
12:00 pm - 12:45 pm Directed Inspection and Maintenance (DI&M): Techniques and Technologies for the Identification, Quantification and Repair of Fugitive Emissions; Examples (PDF) (24 pp, 859K)
Dave Picard, Clearstone Engineering
12:45 pm - 1:30 pm Reduction of Methane Emissions From Compressors: Alternatives for Replacement of Seals and Packing (PDF) (23 pp, 749K)
Jorge Alberto Plauchú, PA Consulting
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm Lunch
2:30 pm - 3:00 pm Optimization of Glycol Dehydrators to Minimize Methane Emissions (PDF) (29 pp, 4.3 MB)
Don Robinson, ICF International
3:00 pm - 3:45 pm Emissions Reductions from Converting Gas-Powered Pneumatic Instrumentation to Compressed Air (PDF) (27 pp, 4 MB)
Jorge Alberto Plauchú, PA Consulting
3:45 pm - 4:00 pm Break
4:00 pm - 4:45 pm Successful Implementation Experiences; Case Studies
Aldo Sarelli y Christian Lenoir, Occidental Argentina Exploration & Production Inc. (PDF) (16 pp, 2.9 MB)
Sebastián Alejandro Sánchez, Pan American Energy (PDF) (17 pp, 540K)
Jorge Alberto Plauchú, PA Consulting (PDF) (20 pp, 1.4 MB)
4:45 pm - 5:30 pm Financing Emission Reduction Projects Through the Carbon Markets and National-Level Support for CDM Projects
Nazareno Castillo, Secretaría de Ambiente y Desarrollo Sustentable (PDF) (17 pp, 452K)
Fabián Gaioli, Ignacio Barutta, MGM International (PDF) (40 pp, 241K)
5:30 pm - 6:00 pm Question and Answer Session; Closing Comments
Thursday, November 6 
8:30 am - 9:30 am Travel to Buenos Aires TGS Natural Gas Distribution Facility (City Gate)
9:30 am - 9:45 am Presentation of the City Gate facility, including safety and security regulations
Site Safety Personnel
9:45 am - 10:30 am Methane Emissions Reductions in Pipeline Operations: Pumpdown Techniques, Hot Taps, Pigging Operations, Other Opportunities (PDF) (25 pp, 3.2 MB)
Don Robinson, ICF International
10:30 am - 11:00 am Review of Directed Inspection and Maintenance: Techniques and Technologies for Leak Detection and Quantification (PDF) (15 pp, 331K)
Dave Picard, Clearstone Engineering
11:00 am - 11:30 am Break
11:30 am - 1:00 pm Field Demonstration of Technologies for Leak Detection, and Measurement and Quantification of Methane Emissions; Field and Classroom Discussion
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Lunch
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm Return to Buenos Aires


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