May 2002

Loss Prevention/Management

Cost-effective emissions reductions through leak detection, repair

Study discovers a potential for at least $205,000 in annual savings

S. Ananthakrishna, Dynegy Midstream Services, L.P., Houston, Texas, and C. Henderson, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, D. C. Results of a recent study at two Dynegy gas-processing plants indicate that the company can cost-effectively reduce natural gas losses - and increase profit margins - by implementing a regular program for detecting, prioritizing and repairing leaks at processing facilities. A baseline survey of methane emissions from the two plants was conducted. Total hydrocarbon emissions were also calculated, using detailed gas analyses for each site, in order to assess the total value of l

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