Canadian Natural Pneumatics Vent Reduction Project – 2022 Installs
The project involves several technologies that all reduce venting from pneumatic devices. These include:
1. High-to-low bleed (H2L) and High-to-No (H2N) subprojects, which change existing high-bleed natural gas-driven pneumatic instruments to low- or no-bleed versions. This may be achieved either by replacing the old high-bleed instrument with a new low- or no-bleed rate instrument, removing a highbleed device that is no longer operationally necessary, or by modifying the existing high-bleed instrument (e.g. by replacing a relay) so that it becomes a low-bleed device.
2. Instrument gas to instrument air (IGIA) sub-projects, which switch the pneumatic working fluid from natural gas to compressed air. This may be achieved either by installing a brand-new air compressor or by connecting instruments to an existing air compressor. IGIA may be applicable to pumps (IGIA-P) or instruments (IGIA-I).
3. Pneumatic pump electrification (EL) projects, in which pneumatic pumps are replaced by electric pumps, or converted to electric. These pumps may run from either solar electricity (generated from solar photovoltaics) or from a connection to the Alberta grid.
4. Vent gas capture (VGC) projects, in which vent gas is captured and used as fuel in a catalytic heater (MDU, or Methane Destruction Unit).
In each case, the sub-projects reduce or eliminate natural gas venting to the atmosphere. As natural gas is primarily composed of methane (CH4), this leads to a reduction in GHG emissions. These activities are not currently required by law and will help both Alberta and Canada to meet its emission reduction targets. The project will aggregate the emissions reductions from multiple sites.
Greenhouse Gas Emission Reductions from Pneumatic Devices
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