Funding Opportunity Analysis of Satellite-based Methane Measurement Data for Oil and Gas Operations

Announcement Details

The Collaboratory to Advance Methane Science (CAMS) is seeking responses to a funding opportunity to detail and explore current capabilities along with limitations of current satellite-based methane detection technologies and methodologies. The work will help to reconcile current on-the-ground measurement and expertise with the growing body of data from satellite measurements.

Responding entities should submit full proposals for projects by June 25, 2021. It is anticipated that one award will be made with funding ranging from $100,000 to $250,000.

Primary Study Objectives

The primary objective of the funded work will be to detail the satellite-based methane detection technology ecosystem. In particular the effort will focus on two key areas where extensive investment has been made recently to advance the detection of methane from satellites in two key areas –

  1. Interpretation and use of existing satellite data through advanced analytics.
  2. Launch of newer more advanced satellite-based instruments.

The project deliverables should include enough information to clearly give sponsors the scientific knowledge and information to accurately interpret and understand the physical and statistical limitations of satellite measurements. Specific study objectives include:

  • Review and detail recent and past developments in methane-based satellite detection systems including the algorithms and logic used to estimate ground-level methane emissions.
  • Explicitly list the sensitivities and factors that may limit performance or cause uncertainty with methane detected from satellite platforms.
  • Provide summary of existing data and technology gaps for satellite-based methane detection.

The study objectives can be accomplished with an assembled team that can include academics, satellite vendors, or a collaborative effort between several entities.

The successful project should leverage the current work on methane emissions being conducted through CAMS funding on the distribution and types of methane emissions from oil and natural gas (O&G) operations across different facilities and types of assets. This should create a context to understand different results obtained from a variety of satellite-based measurement platforms. The results of this effort will benefit:

  • Regulators and policymakers concerned with methane emissions
  • Satellite and other emissions monitoring operators to identify sources of data inconsistencies.
  • O&G operators who may want to take of advantage of satellite data.

Background

The O&G industry is committed to continuously studying and reducing environmental and climate impacts based on the most up to date scientific knowledge. Prior studies involving collaborations between researchers and industry have resulted in an improved understanding of the distribution and uncertainties associated with methane emissions across assets and facilities. The objective for this research will allow CAMS to build on past successes and continue to advance the science around methane emissions. This will be accomplished by sponsoring and engaging in research targeted at identifying, understanding, and supporting the most viable technologies to ultimately reduce overall methane emissions.

In recent years, extensive investment has been made recently to advance the detection of methane from satellites in two key areas –

  1. Interpretation and use of existing satellite data through advanced analytics.
  2. Launch of newer more advanced satellite-based instruments.

The two areas have distinct differences that must be taken into consideration. For the first area, new analytics have been developed to take advantage of satellites that have already been launched and are currently operating. The benefits of these techniques are that they have begun to provide a high-level idea of some of the potential for satellite-based methane observations should the sensing hardware/instrumentation be upgraded. The second key area has taken some of the initial lessons learned from the existing satellites and attempted to quickly launch new satellites with newer methane detection technologies. Both areas have extensive complexities that can all potentially impact performance, including the ability to detect, and quantify methane point source emissions.

Deliverables

A report that

  1. summarizes analytics/algorithms, sensitivities, uncertainties, and limitations of satellite measurement methods and data, and
  2. provides a recommended framework for a potential Phase-2 satellite remote sensing field study.

RFP Release Date: 06/08/2021
Deadline to submit proposals: 6/25/2021
Submit proposals to: cams@gti.energy
Anticipated Award Date: 7/09/2021
Anticipated Project Start Date: 7/19/2021
Anticipated Period of Performance: 3.5 months – POP through 11/01/2021

Available Funding: $100,000 to $200,000, no matching funds are required

Questions on the funding opportunity should be directed to:

Keily Miller
CAMS Program Administrator
cams@gti.energy

Eligibility

The solicitation is open to public and private entities. The successful contracting group should consist of a team of experts with data analysis and statistical experience and field design and execution experience at oil and gas operations.

Proposal Package Requirements

  • Point of Contact (Name, Title, Business Address, Phone, email)
  • Executive Summary (project description, team members)
  • Scope of Work (goals, objectives, technical approach and methods to be used, task level descriptions, deliverables and milestones)
  • Budget (breakdown by task, labor, M&S, subs, consultants) – contract will be time and materials based, not to exceed maximum funding amount, labor rates should be included in proposal
  • Schedule
  • Team Qualifications (include relevant work and publications, similar past projects, resources and capabilities)
  • One page public project summary (will be used if awarded)
  • Proposal should not exceed 20 pages

Evaluation, Award and Contracting Process

The project will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

Scientific and Technical Merit (30%)

  • Relevance and Response to RFP
  • Clear description of how goals and objectives of RFP will be achieved
  • Understanding of technical/scientific problem, challenges, limitations of the current state of knowledge or technology relative to addressing the problem based on RFP response
  • Research approach is based on sound scientific principles
  • Demonstrates that the proposed research is not duplicative of current research

Technical Approach and Understanding (30%)

  • Appropriateness, clarity, and completeness of the technical approach and rationale for each task
  • Clearly describes how tasks will be executed and coordinated
  • Adequacy and availability of facilities and equipment and skill sets required to perform project
  • Identifies critical factors to success, risks, challenges, limitations

Qualifications, Experience and Capabilities (20%)

  • Has identified an appropriate team/organization chart to achieve success and meet technical objectives
  • Has program management skills appropriate for the project
  • Summarizes qualifications of team and key personnel
  • Describes facilities, equipment, resources that will be used for project
  • History of completing similar projects and/or collaborations with team partners
  • Has a history of meeting deadlines and achieving objectives

Budget and Cost Effectiveness (20%)

  • Reasonableness of proposed budget relative to the project goals, objectives, and tasks
  • Includes breakdown of budget by labor, materials, equipment and travel

The project will be awarded, contracted and managed by the CAMS program administrator, GTI. The project will engage with a technical committee and steering committee which will include members of the industry sponsors, the PI’s study team and the Project Manager. The contractor will also have access to an independent review by the CAMS External Scientific Advisory Board.