METEC Research Group
The METEC research program centers around a staff of research scientists, management and students who are focused on emissions from oil & gas (O&G) infrastructure.
The research group engages in three major categories of research work:
Testing Leak Detection: Over 40 leak detection and quantification (LDAQ) technologies or solutions have tested at METEC, ranging from basic technology testing to full single-blind protocol tests. Anyone can test at METEC; see the “Engaging with METEC” page for instructions, and Leak Detection and Quantification Solutions page for a list of LDAQ solutions. Customers can engage the test facility for confidential ad-hoc testing or join a range of public programs. Check research project pages for ongoing testing windows.
Safety Research: Emissions are not the only focus. METEC also hosts a range of gas safety research. Current projects focus on detecting and understanding underground pipeline leaks. Major projects (RPLUME and UPSIDE) are constructing new research test beds at METEC, while smaller projects are focused on sensing solutions (InSense and NYSEARCH).
Basic Research: A portion of the METEC IAB funding is used for small, basic, research projects of common interest to IAB members. Previous project includes a fence line monitor experiment and the current METEC effort is focused on METEC IAB program.
The METEC team, and associated faculty in other parts of the university, have been involved in multiple large-scale field campaigns covering most sectors of the natural gas supply chain, and coordinated campaigns that measure regions using multiple scales of measurement. Current projects are listed in the Research Projects page.
From our experience with field research, we have learned the value of rigorously testing commonly methods and instruments used during field campaigns.
- Optical gas imaging (OGI) – see the recently released controlled study of OGI efficacy at METEC.
- OGI training class – We’ve rolled the results from this study into an ‘OGI Practical’ class to train OGI surveyors. Additional practical classes may follow.
- High volume sampler – We’re developing an open-source architecture for the high-volume sampler measurement method, the most commonly used method for measuring component emissions.
The simulation of emissions is a critical to understanding the performance of LDAQ solutions. We call this the Pathway to Equivalence – a set of tools and methods to compare leak detection solutions with widely varying deployment modalities and performance, on a wide range of facility types.
The METEC group is working on the simulation of emission, in conjunction with the University of Texas at Austin, developing MEET – the Methane Emissions Estimation Tool and with Harrisburg University, developing FEAST – the Fugitive Emissions Abatement Simulation Tool.
- Path to Equivalency
- LDAR Program Simulation (Pathway to Equivalence)
- Advancing Development of Emissions Detection (ADED)
- MEET Model Development
- LDAR Recommend Practices
- Field Campaigns
- C3 – Colorado Coordinated Campaign
- Renewable Natural Gas Facility Measurements
- Colorado Orphaned and Abandoned Wells Study
- CAMS TD / BU
- Pipelines Emissions & Safety
- Instrument Development and Test
- High-Flow Redesign
- Flare Smoke Identification and Classification
- Gathering Emission Factors Study (GEF)
- Fayetteville Study: Basin Reconciliation
- Methane Emissions from U.S. Natural Gas Gathering and Processing
- ARPA-E Monitor: METEC Site Development
- Transmission and Storage Measurements
- Marginal Wells
- M&M Gas Migration
- Inline Midstream Instruments (PRCI MEAS-9-01)
- Fenceline Monitors Parameters
- OGI Efficacy Study