Emissions Quantification Validation Process

A validation framework for assessing leak quantification technology is NOT currently available. While there are many leak detection systems commercially available, the technologies that can QUANTIFY emissions rates for prioritizing non-hazardous type 3 leaks are not fully proven for the methane emissions application, especially in natural gas distribution environments. There are several challenges and limitations that exist today in this new area of quantifying methane emissions; particularly for grade 3 leaks. Methods for verifying and prioritizing the measured flow rates from leaks specific to the natural gas distribution infrastructure are still evolving and need specific guidelines for implementation and validation. The overall objective of this project is to work collaboratively as an industry group and with others to identify, apply and test a methodology or set of methodologies that allow a gas distribution operator to VALIDATE the accuracy of measuring, locating and quantifying the methane emissions flow rate from non-hazardous natural gas infrastructure leaks. If successful in validating a technology or combination of technologies that can apply to accurately quantify methane emissions, the proposed effort would allow more data driven decisions based on the greenhouse gas emissions contribution of individual non-hazardous leaks. This validated quantitative flow rate information could aid in prioritization of repair decisions.

Project

  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $144670
  • Contract Numbers:

    DTPH5615T00012L

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration

    U.S. Department of Transportation
    East Building, 2nd Floor 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Managing Organizations:

    Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration

    U.S. Department of Transportation
    East Building, 2nd Floor 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Project Managers:

    Smith, Robert

  • Performing Organizations:

    Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration

    U.S. Department of Transportation
    East Building, 2nd Floor 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Principal Investigators:

    D'Zurko, Daphne

  • Start Date: 20150930
  • Expected Completion Date: 20171231
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • USDOT Program: Pipeline Safety Research
  • Subprogram: Pipeline Safety

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01674993
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Department of Transportation
  • Contract Numbers: DTPH5615T00012L
  • Files: RiP, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jul 13 2018 2:11PM