European scientific project on the use of new technologies to quantify methane emissions

GRTgaz partners with a European scientific project on the use of new technologies to quantify methane emissions.
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The project is being led by the European Gas Research Group (GERG) and the Spanish transmission network operator, Enagás, with the involvement of GRTgaz, several European gas infrastructure operators and gas associations. The aim is to enhance knowledge and the use of new technologies to quantify methane emissions in gas infrastructures, and thus improve actions to reduce emissions. The first tests were carried out in Spain in early October.

GERG is launching a new European research project aimed at testing the most promising technologies for quantifying methane emissions at gas sites.  

Fourteen gas infrastructure managers and European gas associations are involved in the project: GERG, Enagás, GRTgaz, Storengy, Danish Gas Center, Gassco, Gasunie, Medgaz, National Grid, Open Grid Europe, Snam, Sedigas, Synergrid and Uniper. Enagás is coordinating the project with the operational support of Bureau Veritas.
GRTgaz is involved through its Research and Innovation Centre, RICE, which has led the upstream phase of the project to identify the most promising technologies to be tested.

Gas operators usually carry out measurements on site, as close as possible to the equipment. New remote measurement technologies aim to quantify emissions from a geographic area in global terms and to provide an overall assessment. The project involves testing 12 different technologies – embedded in drones, vehicles moving on the ground or in the air, or installed on site – to assess their accuracy and reliability. A new quantification prototype developed by RICE is one of these 12 promising technologies. 

This joint project shows the efforts that gas operators are making to improve the quantification of their methane emissions. The knowledge acquired can then be used significantly reduce these emissions. 
This initiative echoes the ambitions of the European Commission, which wants to draft legislation before the end of 2021 aimed at improving the quantification of methane emissions and their reduction in the energy sector.

Those involved in the project view reducing methane emissions as a priority, both as a contribution to the short-term mitigation of climate change and as a way to enhance the environmental value of gas and gas infrastructure in the energy transition.

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