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December 28, 2012

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Kim Feil

The freeze of Feb of 2011 showed how vulnerable our natural gas infrastructure is and complicating that is the interdependency on electricity as our urban compressors are electric. I have questions as to how prepared we at the actual drill sites for freezing temperatures...
1). Have we insulated all exposed piping/flow lines?
2). Do we have in-line heaters between the wellhead and before the separators? If not, then
3). Do we have installations of methanol injection pumps? These cost about $6,800 annually to run/man with a one time upfront investment of about $2,800 at each well.
4). Does our fluid storage tanks have failsafe shut-in devices so that when roads are impassible, and water
evacuation trucks cannot get to the sites that these tanks do not overflow?
5). Does our production separators have exposed equipment/sensors?....if so, can they be housed or insulated?

These are questions I never intended to learn, but feel the need to babysit the industry since Feb 2011 was so “eventful”. Now for the biggest question...who can answer my questions?

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