A Storm Front Approaches

• Power Utilities

A Storm Front Approaches

Prepare yourself with storm-proof protection.

  • Problem: NGOs are coming after the energy sector over methane emissions.
  • Solution: Dominate the argument with better data.
  • Benefit: Fix problems at early stage, avoid public pressures.

We have said that anti-energy forces are gathering, ready to point the finger at the energy industry over methane emissions. This storm front is upon us.

  • A non-governmental organization (NGO) advertises a pending satellite as their watchdog over energy sector emissions and has outright threatened, “we’re looking for the bad guys … and that’s you!”
  • A methane-monitoring satellite company has publicly said that they hope companies will purchase their data, but will make it available to the public regardless.
  • Another NGO has teamed with NASA’s AVIRIS program to conduct 296 fly-overs in 2023 to map methane in California, the Four Corners region, and southern Nevada — targeting oil & gas, utilities, landfills, and pipelines.
  • Another NGO has applied for federal funding to arm dozens of activists with OGI cameras to spot methane emissions wherever possible.
  • A United Nations program called Methane Alert and Response System will begin monitoring methane emissions and contacting large emitters of methane in 2023.

Inferior Data…

In each of these cases, the data produced by these anti-energy organizations is inferior to commercially available data. Industry can combat vague assertions with superior data.

Better Data Is Available…

  • Timely data – actionable alerts produced within hours of satellite data capture.
  • High-resolution data – the highest spatial resolution allowed by the federal government: 3.7-m.
  • Accurate data – methane plumes measured down to 250 ppmXm and flow rates measured down to 1 kg/hr, within 4 meters of their source.
  • Specificity – prioritize your most important challenges for immediate action, and know their location and magnitude with specificity.

The Solution…

Don’t sit idly by while anti-energy activists shoot their arrows. Trump their inferior data with superior data, demonstrating your proactive stance on ESG and methane emissions. In the process, arm yourself with actionable alerts that drive your LDAR program with specificity and immediacy, thus achieving cost savings and safety gains.

Existing gas utility customers have achieved the greatest gains by cooperatively educating regulators on what is possible with geospatial analytics. We are happy to share examples of these successes and, in some cases, can even connect you with companies that have experienced success in this approach.

Our customers have verified methane flow rates at sites all over the world in both upstream oil & gas (as low as 9 kg/hr) and urban natural gas distribution infrastructure (as low as 1 kg/hr). Satelytics’ methane algorithm analyzes 3.7-m spatial resolution commercial satellite data, allowing us to specify the leak source within 4 meters. No other solution comes close to this level of specificity. If a gas riser or meter is leaking, it is identifiable. When a distribution pipe is leaking, it can be seen.

Gas Distribution KPIs:

Spotting gas distribution system methane leaks

Spotting gas distribution system methane leaks

Make your methane data work for you by directing response personnel to the source needing attention most. Use this data again for reporting volumes reduced through operational efficiencies! Then, maximize your ROI by employing 40 other measurements that can all be obtained from the same set of satellite imagery, including liquid hydrocarbon leaks, brine leaks, vegetation management, encroachments, geohazards, and more. All our data processing occurs on the cloud and analytical results are delivered in a matter of hours after satellite overpass.

Are you prepared for the storm? Contact us today about a solution stronger than a flimsy umbrella.

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