Special Issue "Measurement of Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Natural Gas Systems"

A special issue of Environments (ISSN 2076-3298).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 18 September 2020.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Natalie Pekney
Guest Editor
National Energy Technology Laboratory, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
Interests: air quality impacts from fossil fuel extraction and use; greenhouse gas emissions measurements; air quality modeling and monitoring; natural gas infrastructure emissions quantification and mitigation strategies

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Because combusted natural gas generates less carbon dioxide per unit energy produced than coal or oil, transition to natural gas for energy generation presents a potential reduction in climate impacts. However, this benefit depends on low system leakage rates, as methane, the primary component of natural gas, is a potent greenhouse gas (GHG). The recent shale gas boom has resulted in significant focus on the GHG footprint of natural gas exploration and production.

The assessment of GHG impacts from natural gas extraction continually changes as rates of development increase or decrease, operators adopt new technologies and mitigation strategies, and regulatory actions are implemented. Measurements and subsequent models can lead to improved GHG emissions monitoring and mitigation strategies, and better estimates for life cycle analysis of GHG emissions from the natural gas value chain. These inventories and models provide the assessments on which climate change policy and regulatory actions are based.

This Special Issue invites critical reviews and research papers that analyze and discuss GHG emissions from natural gas systems. Specific emphasis is on (i) measurements from production and infrastructure components, (ii) their impact on regional air quality, (ii) climate change implications, and (iii) the effect of mitigation strategies and/or regulatory policies.

Dr. Natalie Pekney
Guest Editor

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  • Greenhouse gas emissions
  • Methane emissions
  • Natural gas
  • Emission inventories
  • Life cycle assessment
  • Natural gas infrastructure

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Revised Estimation Method for Emissions from Automated Plunger Lift Liquid Unloadings
Environments 2020, 7(4), 25; https://doi.org/10.3390/environments7040025 - 31 Mar 2020
A variety of liquid unloading techniques are used to clear accumulated liquids from the wellbore to increase production rates for oil and gas wells. Data from national measurement studies indicate that a small subset of wells with plunger lift assist, that vent with [...] Read more.
A variety of liquid unloading techniques are used to clear accumulated liquids from the wellbore to increase production rates for oil and gas wells. Data from national measurement studies indicate that a small subset of wells with plunger lift assist, that vent with high frequency and short event duration, contribute a significant fraction of methane emissions from liquid unloading activities in the United States. Compared to direct measurement of emissions at 24 wells in a field campaign, the most commonly used engineering emission estimate for this source category, which is based on the volume of gas in the wellbore, does not accurately predict emissions at the individual well (R2 = 0.06). An alternative emission estimate is proposed that relies on the duration of the venting activity and the gas production rate of the well, which has promising statistical performance characteristics when compared to direct measurement data. This work recommends well parameters that should be collected from future field measurement campaigns that are focused on this emission source. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Measurement of Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Natural Gas Systems)
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