Diversified buys emissions measurement devices
By Keefe Borden13 April 2022
Diversified Energy Company has bought OpGal EyeCGas 2.0, with companion EyeCSite Tablet software, and the Semtech Hi-Flow 2 sampler, both state-of-the art emissions measurement devices. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.
The acquisition makes Diversified the first company in the U.S. to deploy this advanced technology in natural gas upstream operations, the company said. While previous generation equipment was capable only of visually detecting fugitive methane emissions, these devices take the next logical step and estimate the amount of the emission.
Specifically, the OpGal EyeCGas 2.0 uses an Optical Gas Imaging (OGI) camera and artificial intelligence software to quantify methane leaks, especially emissions originating from difficult to access leak sources, Diversified said.
The Semtech Hi-Flow 2 sampler utilizes Tunable Laser Absorption Spectroscopy (TDLAS) for the accurate measurement of fugitive methane emissions, and is uniquely suited to support additional validation of reported leak quantities.
Diversified is committed to detecting, quantifying and remediating emissions and is continually deploying new technologies to reach that goal. Diversified has partnered with Heath Consultants to field test the equipment during the development phase, and has deployed such equipment across its upstream and midstream operations in Appalachia and the central region, the company said.
This innovative equipment complements the company’s existing emission detection devices and well management initiatives. The equipment is funded by Diversified’s $15 million commitment announced in November 2021.
“Our investment into advanced and innovative emissions measurement technology advances our efforts to reduce our methane emissions by 30% by 2026 from 2020 levels on the way to net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2040,” Diversified CEO Rusty Hutson, Jr. “Adding this technology to the aerial surveillance and handheld detection devices we’ve placed in the hands of our skilled well tenders further enhances our ability to proactively detect, accurately measure and repair fugitive emissions across our asset base.”
Diversified Energy Company is an oil and gas company with assets in Appalachia, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas.