Keeping power was the best winterization for gas installations

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Despite hundreds of millions of dollars spent on winterization efforts ranging from injecting methanol to insulating critical pipes and valves, maintaining the flow of electricity to natural gas facilities has stalled. proved to be the most effective.

That was the conclusion Friday as the Texas Oil and Gas Association issued a status report as winter storm Landon chilled Texas another day. TXOGA President Todd Staples said on a media call on Friday that keeping the facilities powered allows technicians to troubleshoot problems and maintain natural gas supplies to power generators.

Production fell slightly from Thursday to Friday – less than 2%, according to S&P Global Platts – as expected, the association reported, but with improving daytime temperatures expected to improve. Roads and site access continue to be an issue, according to TXOGA. The association also said the pipelines were reporting good pressure and there was plenty of storage even with production declines.

Staples pointed out that the amount of daily gas production statewide, combined with what is already in storage, is well in excess of forecast demand levels.


Staples said these winterization steps were called “best practices” by the industry before winter storm Uri put the word “winterization” in the vocabulary of Texans. Over the past year, he said, more and more energy companies have brought in additional manpower, intervention teams and taken measures, such as emptying reservoirs, prior to severe weather events. This is so that these tanks can hold more liquids on site in case trucks cannot access the well site due to poor roads, he explained.

He told reporters he was confident that necessary improvements and improvements had been made since last February. These changes have undergone two cold weather tests – in January and again this week – he said.

“Texans should be proud of the work done by industry, legislators, regulators and others and how they have come together to ensure grid reliability,” Staples said. He pointed out that many oil and gas operators are heavy consumers of electricity. “We’re here with homeowners who want a reliable power grid,” he said.

It may need to look at the standards needed for maximum reliability, he said, such as firm contracts for supplies, storage and transportation. Staples added that there could also be infrastructure problems uncovered, with some power plants getting the supplies they need due to insufficient infrastructure.

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