Tallgrass to track and measure emissions on the US interstate gas pipeline

DENVER, Sept.28 (Reuters) – Tallgrass Energy Partners will begin monitoring emissions, including methane and other greenhouse gases, on its Rockies Express pipeline, making it the first U.S. company to measure and certify environmental impact of operations on an interstate gas pipeline.

Natural gas producers, carriers and utilities adopt carbon reduction measures and third party reviews to show investors and customers they are serious about reducing greenhouse gas emissions greenhouse amid concerns about their environmental impact.

Tallgrass and carbon measurement company Project Canary plan this year to begin installing monitoring devices at compressor stations along the 1,700-mile pipeline to assess the environmental impact of its operations. The devices will help, among other things, to provide real-time measurements of fugitive methane emissions.

“Buyers want to know that natural gas is produced and transported in the most environmentally friendly way possible,” said Matt Sheehy, president of Tallgrass.

Natural gas certification has gained momentum over the past year among producers and utilities. Project Canary counts EQT Corp (EQT.N) and LNG project developer NextDecade among its clients. MiQ, another company that applies measures to help manage carbon emissions, has signed on Exxon Mobil (XOM.N) and Chesapeake Energy Corp (CHK.O) to use its methodologies.

“This has been a missing link,” said Chris Romer, CEO of Project Canary, of the role of pipeline operators in reducing emissions. It is in talks with more than a dozen other pipelines seeking to monitor and certify the emissions footprint of their operations, he said.

The Rockies Express pipeline transports up to 4.4 billion cubic feet of gas per day between northwest Colorado and eastern Ohio. Tallgrass owns a 75% stake in the line, with Phillips 66 (PSX.N) holding the remaining stake.

Colorado School of Mines will partner with Project Canary for the certification process.

Reporting by Liz Hampton in Denver; Editing by David Gregorio

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