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Kinder Morgan joins Cheniere-led project focused on greenhouse gas emissions

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Kinder Morgan, Inc. has announced that it has joined a collaboration with Cheniere Energy, Inc., several other midstream operators, methane detection technology providers and leading academic institutions on a project focused on quantifying, monitoring, reporting and verifying (QMRV) greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions associated with the operation of natural gas gathering, processing, transmission, and storage systems. The work is intended to improve the overall understanding of GHG emissions and further the deployment of advanced monitoring technologies and protocols.

The midstream QMRV work will be conducted by global emissions researchers from Colorado State University and the University of Texas. The measurement protocol designed by the research group and Cheniere will be field-tested at facilities operated by the participating midstream companies. KMI assets involved in this project include select pipeline segments and compressor stations on the Tennessee Gas Pipeline (TGP), Kinder Morgan Louisiana Pipeline (KMLP) and Natural Gas Pipeline of America (NGPL) systems.

“We are excited to be participating in this project and have enrolled selected assets across multiple pipelines that deliver natural gas to Cheniere’s Sabine Pass and Corpus Christi LNG facilities,” said KMI’s Interstate Natural Gas President Kimberly Watson. “We believe our collaboration in this project further demonstrates our dedication to better understanding the GHG emissions from our facilities and supporting the needs of our customers.”

“Collaboration with our midstream partners is a vital part of Cheniere’s efforts to measure and verify our emissions and look for opportunities for reductions across our value chain,” said Scott Culberson, Cheniere’s Senior Vice President of Gas Supply. “KMI is a critical teammate in this effort to provide cleaner sources of energy around the world, and their leadership will help to improve the environmental performance of US natural gas and LNG.”

“Emissions quantification requires scientifically rigorous methods that are unique to each segment of the industry. This first-of-its-kind R&D project will investigate emissions performance at multiple midstream facilities not just by short-duration spot checks, but over several months, employing multiple monitoring technologies at multiple scales,” said Dan Zimmerle, the principal investigator on the project from Colorado State University who also serves as the Director of the school’s Methane Emissions Programme.

“It is vital for both public policy and science that we have empirically driven measurement protocols, and importantly the complex and voluminous data collected is independently analysed and verified by the scientific community,” said Dr. Arvind Ravikumar, Professor in the Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering department at the University of Texas at Austin.

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