SLR Selected to Help Develop Open Access Oil and Gas Operations Emission Calculator for Research Group
University of Texas (UT), Austin is partnering with Colorado State University (CSU), and SLR to develop libraries of emissions data sets and activity factors for The Collaboratory to Advance Methane Science (CAMS), an industry-led collaborative research consortium. This will be their first research project to study spatial and temporal methane emissions profiles across various oil and gas basin locations.
Managing Principal Matt Harrison will be running the project for SLR and will support UT and CSU. The group will develop a model that will have the flexibility to select custom emissions and activity factors from the emissions libraries the team will building or use data provided by the user. The goal is to help the client build a tool that will allow users to simulate emissions for a basin in a given space and time. SLR’s main roles will be to support the team by identifying publicly accessible data sets that could be used in source factor representation, then adapting data on episodic emissions, production decay curves, and equipment failure rates and integrating the data into the model calculation framework.
“SLR will employ our expertise in the quickly evolving world of upstream oil and gas emission measurements and characterization, and interact with a number of important clients that have commissioned this work,” commented Matt Harrison.
The CAMS program is comprised of participants from energy companies including Cheniere, Chevron, Equinor, ExxonMobil, and Pioneer Natural Resources. SLR will work in close partnership with the Gas Technology Institute (GTI) who serves as the CAMS program administrator.
“We’re excited to participate in this research project with UT, CSU, and GTI. SLR’s air quality expertise in oil and gas will be fundamental in delivering a modeling product that will better reconcile current and future basin measurement studies. This in turn should lead to better understanding of national methane emissions, and can help regulatory agencies, industrial companies, and the public evaluate methane emission reductions strategies more effectively,” said Tim Quarles, U.S. Air Program Manager.
View full GTI Press Release here.