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Product Loss Prevention and/or Mitigation in the Oil and Natural Gas Sector


The oil and natural gas industry includes a wide range of operations and equipment, from wells to natural gas gathering lines and processing facilities, to storage tanks, and transmission and distribution pipelines. During these operations and uses of equipment, the industry loses—through leaks, temporal events, and other means—a significant amount of beneficial product that could otherwise go to market.

Associated with these product losses are releases of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs). VOCs contribute to the formation of ground-level ozone (smog). Exposure to ozone is linked to a wide range of health effects, including aggravated asthma, increased emergency room visits and hospital admissions, and premature deaths. Other product losses release “air toxics”, such as benzene, ethylbenzene, and n-hexane. Air toxics are chemicals that are known or suspected of causing cancer and other serious health effects.

Topic Code 2C: Product Loss Prevention and/or Mitigation in the Oil and Natural Gas Sector. EPA is seeking innovative technologies that can prevent and/or mitigate the loss of valuable product and the associated releases of VOCs and air toxics. More specifically, EPA is seeking the development and commercialization of prevention and/or mitigation technologies that can be used at well sites, natural gas gathering and processing facilities, storage tanks and sites, or transmission facilities. The prevention and/or mitigation technology implementation should cost less than $2,700 per ton of reduced product loss. The technology may be targeted at but not limited to specific equipment such as natural gas driven equipment; maintenance activities such as the maintenance of compressors; design improvements to storage tank emission points such as thief hatches; and temporal emission events such as liquids unloading, blowdowns, and pigging.

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