The Pipeline Research Council International (PRCI), a non-profit research organization comprising energy pipeline operating companies located in the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia, South America, and Australia and an active participant in the Pipeline Technology Conference (PTC), is featured in the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America's (INGAA) inaugural Climate Report.
PRCI and INGAA members are partnering in many key areas to advance collaborative research of innovative technologies and practices to enhance safety and minimize emissions within the pipeline industry. “Innovation has been a major driver of our industry’s progress in minimizing emissions to-date, and research and development programs like PRCI’s will help spur the next generation of technologies and practices that will enable us to achieve our national and global climate goals,” said Amy Andryszak, President & CEO of INGAA.
Building on decades of previous research, PRCI has established a Strategic Research Priority to address GHG emissions from pipeline systems. The three-year, $4 million initiative will explore the many facets of the issue, including analytic tools and data analysis, fugitive emissions/leak detection surveys and mitigation, leak detection and quantification, incomplete combustion from reciprocating engines (methane slip), blowdown reduction through capture, recovery, and flaring, and efficiency improvements. PRCI has also established the Emerging Fuels Institute (EFI) to enable pipelines to solve the technical issues around the safe transportation and storage of hydrogen and renewable natural gas. These activities support the industry in achieving net zero GHG emissions through objective research results.
Protecting the environment is a top priority for the pipeline industry. “PRCI is proud to be a valued partner with INGAA and many other industry associations and organizations, as an objective scientific body and critical source for research results and technology development,” said Cliff Johnson, president of PRCI and member of the PTC's Advisory Council. Through the ongoing partnership between operating companies, research organizations, industry trade associations, regulators and policy makers, the energy industry will continue to advance our collective understanding of GHG emissions and identify further opportunities to minimize and mitigate them.
For more information about INGAA’s 2021 Climate Report, please visit: https://www.ingaa.org/Reports/39059.aspx
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