20191210 What you need to know about Alberta's Methane Regulations

20191210 What you need to know about Alberta's Methane Regulations

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 What you need to know about Alberta’s Methane Regulations 

Date: Tuesday 10th of December 2019
Speaker: Gerald Palanca, P.L (Eng), C.E.T.
Alberta Energy Regulator
Location: Calgary Petroleum Club
Time: 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM 


The Government of Alberta is committed to reduce methane emissions from upstream oil and gas operations by 45 per cent (relative to 2014 levels) by 2025. To meet the policy set out by the Government of Alberta, the AER developed regulatory requirements within Directive 060: Upstream Petroleum Industry Flaring, Incinerating, and Venting, and Directive 017: Measurement Requirements for Oil and Gas Operations. The new Methane Reduction requirements coming into effect on January 1, 2020.

The requirements address the primary sources of methane emissions from Alberta’s upstream oil and gas industry: fugitive emissions and venting, which includes emissions from compressors, pneumatic devices, and glycol dehydrators.  The requirements also focus on improved measurement, monitoring, and reporting of methane emissions.  OneStop reporting will be utilized in conjunction with the new requirements.

Alberta’s new methane reduction requirements acknowledge and seek to enable innovation by designing requirements that are not overly prescriptive and by incorporating provisions which allow for the utilization of alternative technology/approaches.  In this presentation, we will provide an overview of the requirements and discuss AER’s role in enabling innovation within Alberta. 

Speaker Bio:

Gerald Palanca has over 15 years of oil and gas experience. He is the manager of the AER’s air emissions and audit technical advisory team. His team is responsible for designing and operationalizing methane requirements for the upstream oil and gas industry in Alberta. Gerald has extensive experience managing regulatory projects and is a flaring and venting subject matter expert. Before joining the AER, Gerald held various positions for a major oil and gas producer working in acquisitions and divestments, energy efficiency and regulatory compliance roles. Gerald has an applied bachelor’s degree in petroleum engineering and a technical diploma in Chemical Engineering. Gerald recently served as chair of the Canadian Standards Association emissions committee, chair of the Western Regulators Forum emissions committee, member of the Government of Alberta’s Methane Reduction Oversight Committee and various Petroleum Technology Alliance Canada committees. 

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December 10, 2019
From 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Calgary Petroleum Club