E.ON-Masdar Integrated Carbon (EMIC), a joint venture between Masdar and E.ON of Germany, today announced that it would start full implementation of its gas leak reduction project in the Ferghana Valley, Uzbekistan, in partnership with JSC Uztransgaz (UTG), the Uzbek gas distribution network owner.
The project involves the deployment of advanced gas leak detection and repair technologies in UTG’s low and medium pressure gas distribution network in the Ferghana valley, focusing especially on leaks from above-ground distribution equipment such as gate stations, pressure regulating stations, valves and fittings.
During June and July 2011, EMIC and its subcontractors have trained 196 UTG staff in the accurate measurement and repair of gas leaks. During the full implementation of the project, which starts on 1 September 2011, the trained UTG staff will execute leak detection and repair activities on more than 100,000 leaks under supervision of EMIC and its subcontractors. These activities will last for a full year.
The project will save an estimated 83 million m3 of gas per year and will provide UTG the know-how and technology to reduce future gas leakages. Furthermore, the project will combat global warming by reducing the emissions of methane, the main component of natural gas and a very potent greenhouse gas.
Masdar Carbon has provided EMIC with the necessary expertise to register the project under the Kyoto Protocol’s Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) and the project is expected to generate Certified Emission Reductions (CERs) equivalent to the reduction of about 1.2 million tons of CO2 every year. CDM registration of the project was achieved in June 2011, with Det Norske Veritas Certification AS (DNV) performing the validation on the basis of the UNFCCC criteria for CDM.
Dr. Oliver Behrend, Deputy General Manager of EMIC, said: “The start of the implementation of the project is a key milestone for UTG and EMIC and the result of very hard work by both companies. We look forward to delivering on our target reductions of significant gas leaks and associated greenhouse gas emissions for Uzbekistan, in line with EMIC’s focus to assist its partners in the industrial, power and oil and gas sectors to deliver on the real opportunities to increase their energy efficiency, generate additional revenues and reduce their carbon emissions. We have relied on the extensive expertise and skills of Masdar Carbon to manage the CDM process for this project and to register it; they have accomplished this to our full satisfaction and we thank them for their outstanding contribution.”