TC Energy is a premier energy infrastructure company operating a North American network of natural gas and liquids pipelines, power generation and storage facilities. With more than 70 years’ experience, the company delivers the energy millions of people rely on to power their lives in a sustainable way.
An MGP Signatory since 2018, TC Energy hosted an industry-wide Methane Masterclass as part of MGP’s 2021 Global Outreach Program. The workshop focused on methane activities and regulations targeted to Canadian companies across the entire oil and gas value chain. The Masterclass was delivered virtually by experienced trainers from the Sustainable Gas Institute, part of Imperial College, London.
With energy transition, environment and climate change as focal points on the national policy and political agenda, by delivering this course TC Energy and Masterclass participants had an opportunity to:
- Further establish the imperative for reducing methane emissions;
- Highlight the business case benefits associated with methane management;
- Roll out best practices and proposed mitigations for methane management at all stages of the natural gas value chain; and,
- Share industry learnings.
36 attendees participated from 24 companies, capturing a cross-section of upstream, midstream, downstream and utility peers.
The workshop consisted of two sessions held November 25 and December 2, 2021. Content targeted front-line staff and managers who make facility-level decisions on measuring, reporting and mitigating methane emissions. The content covered in the session included:
- Context setting for Canadian policy/regulations
- Capacity building for MGP’s Best Practices (10 in total, but focused on 8 most relevant to our audience)
- Case study development by industry participants
- Guest speaker series:
- TC Energy presenting on ‘Shared learnings as they relate to its own efforts to reduce methane emissions’
- Shell presenting on the ‘Oil and Gas Methane Partnership (OGMP) 2.0 methane-specific reporting framework and potential regulatory implications’
“There is a compelling story for Canada to tell at home and internationally on the work that is being done across our industry to reduce methane emissions. It’s important for us to partner with organizations like MGP to collaborate and share learnings where the right people are at the table to enact real change,” said Camilla Williams, Manager of Emissions Management, TC Energy.
“While we are actively progressing and already seeing reductions in our emissions, we know there is still work to be done to navigate uncertainties and continuously improve our efforts. First, in how data is collected and identifying further emissions reduction opportunities; and secondly, implementing the technology that can adapt to rapidly evolving regulations,” said Williams.
Professor Adam Hawkes of Imperial College said, “It was a pleasure to deliver the MGP Masterclass with TC Energy to industry partners, with deep expertise and engagement clearly present. One of the most rewarding aspects of delivering this course worldwide is seeing the breadth of action and knowledge in the industry and seeing exchange of knowledge between value chain partners to help address the issue of methane emissions.”
An important part of MGP’s work is to share knowledge on best practices in managing methane emissions and to highlight the importance of value chain-wide cooperation and ambition in rising to the challenge. The MGP Methane Masterclass is a training course developed by the Sustainable Gas Institute and aimed at front-line manager and asset manager practitioners. It has been running for two years with very positive feedback and is continuously updated to reflect the latest available knowledge and developments. The course can be delivered to organisations face-to-face or virtually, and the curriculum can be modified to suit the particular context and audience. An on-line e-learning is also available to allow individual users to benefit from the material. Further details can be found on the MGP website.