Inter Pipeline Ltd. | July 06, 2022
Inter Pipeline Ltd. announced it has successfully commissioned its polypropylene plant and has begun initial production. Branded Heartland Polymers the operation is the only one of its kind in North America, offering the market one of only two new sources of PP in over a decade. Due to its unique location, modern design and technology and transport optionality, Heartland is expected to be one of the most sustainably produced, reliable options in the industry.
"A safe commissioning of our polypropylene plant is a crucial step towards commercial production of Heartland Polymers. The PP Plant has been producing pellets since late June with polymer grade propylene from our storage cavern. The entire Heartland Complex remains on schedule for an integrated start-up in the third quarter of this year, at which point Heartland will begin commercial production."
Jim Madro, Senior Vice President, Petrochemicals
Construction of the Heartland Petrochemical Complex began in early 2018, and it is expected to convert locally sourced, low-cost propane into 525,000 tonnes per year of PP, a high value, multi-use plastic that is easily transported and can be recycled. This polymer is used in the manufacturing of a range of finished products such as food packaging, textiles, healthcare products and medical supplies. Once fully in-service Heartland is expected to create a step change in annual cash flow generation for Inter Pipeline, with approximately 70 per cent of the output contracted on a nine-year weighted average.
Industry Leading Reliability
The PP plant was commissioned using PGP feedstock from a cavern at Inter Pipeline's Redwater Olefinic Fractionator. The primary source of feedstock will be an on-site PDH plant, where propane will be turned into PGP. The propane dehydrogenation (PDH) plant is expected to enter integrated service with the PP plant in the third quarter of this year, making it the first integrated complex of its kind in North America. The optionality of both the storage cavern and direct on-site PGP production ensures exceptional reliability for customers.
Deliberate design and technology choices paired with local feedstock means Heartland is expected to generate 65 per cent less greenhouse gas than average global PP facilities around the world. Due to its integrated nature, the Complex is designed to utilize by-products ethane and hydrogen to fuel power production in the cogeneration unit (CUB) to make up approximately 32 per cent of the operation's total fuel usage, reducing the total carbon footprint by approximately 130,000 tonnes annually. Additionally, the design choice to utilize air cooling instead of water cooling in the operation has a significant impact on the amount of water used at Heartland. When fully in service, the Complex is expected to utilize 80 per cent less make-up water than water cooled operations.
About Inter Pipeline Ltd.
Inter Pipeline is a major petroleum transportation and natural gas liquids processing business based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Inter Pipeline owns and operates energy infrastructure assets in Western Canada including the Heartland Petrochemical Complex.
USA Compression Partners, | August 02, 2022
USA Compression Partners, LP and Callon Petroleum Company announced the start-up of multiple Dual Drive compressors at Callon’s locations in the Eagle Ford Shale. The Dual Drive compression service offering, which is currently only offered by USA Compression, offers customers the ability to contract for natural gas compression services powered by either natural gas or electricity, providing operators the ability to significantly decrease greenhouse gas emissions from their operations.
“We are excited to partner with Callon Petroleum as they contract with USA Compression for compression services using Dual Drive compressors. Dual Drive is a proven solution for customers and is unique for the industry. With the growing focus on emissions reduction throughout the industry, this is an exciting time for USA Compression as we continue to invest in reconfiguring existing units in our fleet for Dual Drive capability. Retrofitting certain of our large horsepower units is a logical, practical, and proven solution which has the potential to drive GHG mitigation. With this service offering, USAC is continuing its history of innovation by taking the next logical step in compression: the ability to provide dual fuel source optionality and thereby operational redundancy in times of disruption, and further serving as a service solution that takes advantage of the continued build-out of the electric grid.”
Eric D. Long, USA Compression’s President and Chief Executive Officer
“We are pleased to expand our commercial relationship with USA Compression by contracting for compression services utilizing this proven, innovative technology,” said Joe Gatto, President and Chief Executive Officer of Callon Petroleum. “The addition of the Dual Drive Technology in our operations will help us advance our sustainability initiatives, especially in reducing CO2 emissions as we expand the field electrification and other system upgrades. We expect Dual Drive to play an important role allowing Callon to continue to reduce our fuel usage and lower our GHG emissions and overall carbon footprint.”
The concept of Dual Drive Compression system is to combine a natural gas-driven engine and an electric-driven motor to quickly and reliably switch from natural gas to electricity depending on operating constraints to compress natural gas. The field proven Dual Drive Compression system allows companies to decrease GHG emissions and permit their sites for electrical compression, while still having the flexibility and redundancy to switch to natural gas when extreme temperatures - both summer and winter - put a strain on the power grid and utilities charge steep demand fees during resulting power outages. As a result, customers will realize lower operating expenses, increased reliability, improved runtime, substantially lower emissions of CO2 and methane, the mitigation of interconnect delays and optimized fuel costs.
Dual Drive Technologies received the 2012 Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) award for Best Available Control Technology (BACT) for emission reductions in the gas compression industry. And, in 2009, Dual Drive received the Innovative Technologies Award from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ). This award also focused on emission reductions in the industry. A 2021 Environmental Excellence Award from the GPA’s Midstream Environmental Committee adds to Dual Drive’s list of accolades. USA Compression is currently the only provider of compression services using the Dual Drive Compression technology developed by its parent entity Energy Transfer.
About USA Compression Partners, LP
USA Compression Partners, LP is a growth-oriented Delaware limited partnership that is one of the nation’s largest independent providers of natural gas compression services in terms of total compression fleet horsepower. USA Compression partners with a broad customer base composed of producers, processors, gatherers and transporters of natural gas and crude oil. USA Compression focuses on providing natural gas compression services to infrastructure applications primarily in high-volume gathering systems, processing facilities and transportation applications.
About Callon Petroleum Company
Callon Petroleum Company is an independent oil and natural gas company focused on the acquisition, exploration and development of high-quality assets in the leading oil plays of South and West Texas.
Proman AG and | July 14, 2022
DeNovo Energy Limited part of the Proman family of companies, announced delivery of first gas from its Zandolie field. The Unmanned Minimum Facility is DeNovo's second offshore field development to be completed in Block 1 on the West Coast of Trinidad.
DeNovo has once again proven its commitment to increasing Trinidad's national gas supply by safely and quickly developing stranded and marginal gas reserves. With an investment of USD 52 MM, Zandolie was completed within 31 months amidst the Covid-19 pandemic. To date, with approximately 371 persons employed at peak of construction, there has been Zero Loss Time Incidents from 476,613 manhours. Of the total manhours spent delivering the project, 66% were local content manhours. Overall, the Zandolie project was delivered with 56.4% local content spend.
Zandolie is a single well, conductor-supported platform with a nameplate capacity of 40 MMSCFD. The field development builds off the existing Iguana Infrastructure enabling a more compact topside structure that is lighter and more efficient. The space saving achieved also minimises the use of steel in the design allowing for a modular design and greater use of local fabrication services.
The ground-breaking integration of renewable resources makes Zandolie the first design of its kind in Trinidad and Tobago. Powered by wind and solar, the 100% renewably powered platform was also fully fabricated in country, affirming DeNovo's commitment to reducing its carbon footprint and maximising local talent and resources. The facility has also been designed to prevent methane slip in the transportation of gas during the extraction process and in its movement to DeNovo's on-shore gas processing facility within the Point Lisas Industrial Estate.
Construction of the platform was completed at the United Engineering Services Limited (UESL) local fabrication yard, and the Zandolie Drilling campaign was also safely conducted by the local Well Services Rig 110.
Minister of Energy and Energy Industries and Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister, the Honourable Stuart R. Young, M.P., proudly commended DeNovo remarking: "I am very pleased to witness this successful milestone achieved by DeNovo. The story of local fabrication and skills as well as personnel used for Zandolie proves that it can be done. I encourage DeNovo to continue pursuing opportunities for increased gas production in Trinidad and Tobago and look forward to more success from you."
"This critical milestone in DeNovo's second field development highlights the drive by the team to constantly improve and learn. We pushed ourselves to deliver a greener and more local platform. The result is that the Zandolie platform is a local fabrication which is 100% powered by renewable energy – and which will minimize the carbon footprint of our operations. It is our intention to keep acquiring access to new acreage to allow us to do more projects like this on a regular basis. With Zandolie, DeNovo is demonstrating that our future energy industry can be done locally and with a lower carbon footprint – both aligned to the country's development objectives."
DeNovo's Managing Director, Bryan Ramsumair
Claus Cronberger, Managing Director Proman Trinidad and Tobago and Chairman of DeNovo, said: "The first commercial gas supply from Zandolie is a significant accomplishment. Across the Proman family of companies, we have always been driven by innovation and the use of best-in-class technology in our facilities, and Zandolie exemplifies this thinking. Our teams at DeNovo and Proman Trinidad and Tobago, and our local contractor partners, have done an outstanding job delivering this world-class facility. Together we have achieved a significant first for Trinidad and Tobago, demonstrating our drive to enhance the competitiveness of the local energy sector, increase the security of our country's gas supply by developing stranded gas reserves, and continuing to deliver opportunities to grow local talent."
DeNovo is an energy company focused on meeting the energy needs of Trinidad and Tobago with specific focus on the petrochemical sector. With strong local capability and global collaboration, DeNovo is distinguished for delivering innovative results to meet current and future energy needs.
DeNovo is committed to delivering its business with zero harm to people and the environment, and increasingly reducing its carbon footprint by using innovative and green technology. Since commencing gas production on its first field in November 2018, DeNovo has demonstrated safe and reliable operations with an uptime of 99.8%. Its second field development will be powered by 100% renewable energy.
A member of the Proman family of companies, DeNovo remains committed to maximizing the use of local content and innovative technology to unlock opportunities and to find new and better ways to contribute to the sustainable development of hydrocarbon resources for the benefit of Trinidad and Tobago.
Proman is an integrated industrial group and global leader in natural gas derived products and services. Headquartered in Switzerland, with assets in the United States, Trinidad and Oman, and ongoing expansion into Mexico, Canada and the United Arab Emirates Proman is the world's second largest methanol producer and has extensive experience in petrochemical plant operations, petrochemical and power plant construction, product marketing and logistics, and project management.