Improving productivity: Petra Nova Carbon Capture project
InEight is a leading provider of field-tested construction project management software for owners, contractors, engineers and architects. Its cloud-based solutions are relied upon worldwide for real-time insights that help manage risk and keep projects on schedule and under budget across the entire life cycle of the asset.
The Petra Nova Carbon Capture project added commercial-scale, post-combustion carbon capture technology to the existing coal-fired W.A. Parish Generating Station. TIC – The Industrial Company - used InEight® Plan and InEight® Progress, two of the InEight suite of project tools, during construction. The ability to clearly communicate work and project scope, provide daily work plans, and ensure operational efficiency and compliance contributed to the project’s on-time and on-budget completion.
Petra Nova is the first commercial-sized post-combustion carbon capture system in the U.S., and the largest of its kind in the world. TIC, a Kiewit subsidiary, and consortium partner, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries America, finished construction of this megaproject in 2016, delivering it on time and within budget thanks in part to advanced technology.
The Petra Nova Carbon Capture project team used InEight Estimate, InEight Control, InEight Plan and InEight Progress and the team attributed a 20% increase in productivity directly to the use of this technology.
“InEight Plan and Progress made us totally rethink how we did daily work plans, quantity claiming and time collection,” says TIC Project Engineer Clay McKenzie. “The technology streamlined processes, eliminated data entry and paperwork and kept our guys out in the field instead of behind a desk.”
The power of InEight solutions are their ability to operate as part of one platform, which allows users to access and maximize the data across every aspect of a project or business.
InEight Plan and Progress are two of InEight’s field execution tools. InEight Plan provides a field-proven methodology for construction work planning and packaging. Key information is compiled in one place to efficiently organize and communicate the work. The technology lets the team define the scope of work per work breakdown structure item. Project-specific labor, equipment and material requirements are included to ensure the right resources are available when needed. Once compiled, the plan is submitted and available in the InEight Progress app where it is used to communicate to crews and track the day’s progress.
Using InEight Plan and Progress, TIC also realized a 90% savings in time required for payroll processing. This was calculated based on an average daily payroll for 500 employees, comparing manual entry to using the new technology. The technology reduced a process that traditionally took about seven hours to complete down to just one hour. Paper timecards and manual data entry were eliminated - replaced by an easy-to-use tablet app.
In addition to time capture, InEight Progress enabled foremen to record work completed for the day, note any issues and see their productivity compared to plan. One click submitted the day’s progress to the project superintendent for review. Upon approval, the results synced with other systems and were readily available for forecasting, planning and reporting.
The project team acknowledged that it’s hard to put a number on all the savings that can be attributed to the new technology used at Petra Nova. However, it’s indisputable that the tools significantly improved communication at all levels of the job, allowed management to see real-time progress at any given time and reduced the time spent creating daily work plans and reporting results.
Petra Nova, a job that required almost 1.4 million man-hours, achieved a craft-to-staff ratio of 4.2/1, which was 50% better than the average achieved by peer projects within the organization during the same timeframe. “We couldn’t have done that without these new field execution and management tools,” McKenzie says.
Mirico Cloud identifies emission changes
Mirico is extending its gas measurement services with the launch of Mirico Cloud for the oil and gas industry.
The platform lets customers detect and quantify gas emissions across multiple oil and gas sites, and quickly fix issues causing changes in emissions. Customers can be contacted by SMS or email for alerts if a new emission is above a certain size, or about an existing known emission that has started to grow.
Customisable dashboards can show average emissions over the last 24 hours or how emissions vary by asset type.
"It's great to be able to broaden the service we provide our customers," said Dr Linda Bell, CEO of Mirico. "We really feel this is a big step forward in helping the oil & gas industry to quickly identify emission issues at scale and ultimately help them in their goals to reach net zero."
The industry remains under intense pressure to deliver on emission targets. Achieving 50% lower emissions by 2030 will require either full electrification of the West of Shetland and Central North Sea or earlier-than-expected field cessations, according to Wood Mackenzie.
In 2018 the UK produced 451 million tonnes CO2 equivalent (MtCO2e) of greenhouse gas emissions. Around 3% of this total is direct emissions from oil and gas activity on the UK Continental Shelf. Energy generation, mainly from fossil fuels, produced 23% of emissions, and the transport industry accounted for a further 28%, mostly from the use of oil-based products.
The North Sea Transition deal has four key pillars:
- Supply decarbonisation reduce emissions from oil and gas production by 50% by 2030
- Carbon capture and storage (CCS) target 10 Mtpa of carbon capture by 2030
- Hydrogen deliver 5 GW of low-carbon hydrogen capacity by 2030
- Supply chain/people deliver investment of £14-16 billion into low-carbon technology by 2030
Methane in the spotlight, a busy 48 hours for bp and JPMorgan releases carbon reduction targets
Institutional investors with a collective $5.35 trillion in assets are calling on the Biden administration to get tougher about methane emissions as it seeks to address climate change. "Any credible pathway for the use of natural gas in a Paris-aligned future must address methane emissions," it states.
Cutting human-caused methane by 45% this decade would keep warming beneath a threshold agreed by world leaders, according to the UN Environment Programme. Such reductions would avoid nearly 0.3°C of global warming by 2045 and would be consistent with keeping the Paris Climate Agreement’s goal, to limit global temperature rises to 1.5˚C, within reach.
bp and CEMEX will work together on accelerating the progress of the latter's 2050 ambition to deliver net zero CO2 concrete globally. Around 70% of global emissions come from transport, industry and energy and cement making is energy intensive. Last week bp and renewable energy supplier Pure Planet forged a partnership to launch a new digital energy service that will support households, EV drivers and energy consumers in the UK.
Hot on the heels of the CEMEX announcement, bp shareholders rejected a plan that would have forced the company to strengthen its climate commitments in an AGM poll, with only 20.65% pledging support. "We will continue to engage with shareholders on our strategy, targets and aims so as to ensure their views are fully understood," it stated. One of the challenges is that there is no single metric that measures Paris consistency, according to chief executive Bernard Looney.
JPMorgan Chase yesterday released comprehensive steps it is taking in its efforts to align its financing activities with the climate goals of the Paris Agreement, publishing 2030 carbon intensity targets for the Oil & Gas, Electric Power and Auto Manufacturing sectors. It also released its new Carbon Compass methodology that describes how the firm set its targets and how it will monitor progress over time, and unveiled a Center for Carbon Transition.
“There must be collective ambition and cooperation by business and government to tackle climate change,” said Jamie Dimon, Chairman and CEO, JPMorgan Chase. "Setting our Paris-aligned targets is an important step toward accelerating the transition to a low-carbon economy and meeting the goals of the Paris Agreement. JPMorgan Chase is committed to doing its part by working with clients around the world to reduce emissions and by ensuring our own operations remain carbon neutral."