EQT Gets Rid of Almost 9,000 Pneumatic Devices Powered by Natural Gas
The United States' biggest natural gas producer, EQT Corporation, said it had finished a $28 million company-wide project to get rid of all of its pneumatic devices powered by natural gas.
As a result of the initiative, EQT has cut its methane emissions by 70% and its annual carbon footprint by 305,614 metric tonnes of CO2.
Using a "fit-for-purpose" technology strategy that mostly involved electric actuators and air compressor installations, nearly 9,000 pneumatic controllers at all EQT production sites and compressor stations were replaced or made to work better. As part of the project, EQT put in 341 air compressors and changed 451 dump assemblies and 381 motor valves to electric actuators. The entire conversion process was finished a full year ahead of schedule in just 515 days. The programme's execution took about 23,000 man-hours in total.
Replacing pneumatic equipment powered by natural gas that is used to handle produced fluids in separators, scrubbers, and filters is a big chance for the sector to cut methane emissions. Natural gas-powered pneumatic devices accounted for 39% of EQT's 2021 Production segment Scope 1 greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
"We told the world we were aggressively addressing methane emissions, and we did what we promised. As the nation's largest natural gas producer, EQT not only delivered on its commitment to eliminate a major source of methane emissions in our operations, we also did it in a cost-effective, expedient way," said Toby Z. Rice, President and CEO of EQT. "This milestone demonstrates our team's exceptional ability to rapidly evolve EQT's operations through innovation and teamwork and better positions affordable, reliable, clean natural gas as one of the world's most impactful decarbonising tools."
EQT has a strong history of ESG commitment and is dedicated to responsibly developing its world-class assets. The Company is on pace to achieve net zero Scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions in its Production segment operations by 2025, as previously declared.