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Emission Reduction Options for the Transmission and Storage Sector

The EPA estimates methane emissions from the oil and natural gas industry in its annual Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks. The transmission and storage sector accounts for 27% of the total methane emissions from the oil and natural gas industry. The chart below shows the distribution of the top emission sources in this sector.

Transmission, Storage, and LNG Sector Emissions 2012
Transmission, Storage, and LNG Sector Emissions 2012, Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks 1990 - 2012, USEPA, April, 2014

Source: Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks 1990 - 2012, USEPA, April, 2014.

Mitigation Options

Below are several examples of cost-effective mitigation options for Transmission and Storage sector emission sources. To view a full list of emission mitigation options, view Recommended Technologies and Practices.

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+ Reducing Methane Emissions from Reciprocating Compressor Rod Packing

+ Directed Inspection and Maintenance at Compressor Stations

+ Replacing Wet Seals with Dry Seals in Centrifugal Compressors

+ Reducing Emissions When Taking Compressors Off-Line

+ Using Pipeline Pumpdown Techniques to Lower Gas Line Pressures Before Maintenance



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