UCalgary-Canadian Natural Fugitive Emissions Pilot Study: Field-Scale Deployment and Acceleration of Made-In-Alberta Technology for Fugitive Emissions Detection and Reduction

University of Calgary

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The goal of this project is to execute the first full-scale field pilot of a new vehicle-based technology for regulatory leak detection and repair (LDAR) in North America, and simultaneously accelerate development of the world’s first mobile methane sensor web for monitoring and reducing methane emissions from the upstream oil and gas supply chain. The technology, called PoMELO, is an advanced mobile emissions screening technology that incorporates multi-sensor hardware, proprietary software infused with artificial intelligence, and a ‘one-visit’ work practice to reduce cost and enable equivalent emissions reductions to regulations.

At full commercial deployment, we estimate PoMELO will be responsible for reducing >60% of fugitives targeted by LDAR in Alberta under regulations. Further reductions will be achieved from early detection of vented emissions exceedances. Overall, this project will create a blueprint of PoMELO’s commercial implementation for reducing upstream methane emissions in Alberta and other jurisdictions.