Natural Gas Sector
Energy Solutions for the Natural Gas Sector
The natural gas sector is facing challenges stemming from environmental concerns, changing market dynamics, technological advancements, and evolving customer preferences.
Decarbonization and Climate Change
Natural gas is a fossil fuel and, when burned, releases carbon dioxide, contributing to global warming. As societies push for decarbonization, natural gas utilities must find ways to reduce their carbon footprint or transition to cleaner energy sources.
Competition from Renewable Energy
As renewable technologies become more cost-effective and efficient, they provide a viable alternative to natural gas for electricity generation and other applications. This can lead to reduced demand for natural gas.
Many natural gas distribution systems in various regions are aging and require substantial investment to upgrade and maintain. Upgrading the infrastructure to enhance safety, reliability, and efficiency is of critical importance to utilities.
Shifting Customer Preferences
Some consumers may choose alternatives to natural gas, such as all-electric homes or renewable energy options, posing a challenge to gas utilities in retaining and attracting customers.
Volatile Natural Gas Prices
Natural gas prices can be volatile due to supply-demand dynamics, geopolitical events, and weather patterns. Fluctuating prices can impact the cost of operation for gas utilities and affect consumer affordability and demand.
Policy and Regulatory Changes
Regulatory changes and political turnover can affect the operational practices and business models of natural gas utilities, requiring them to adapt and comply with new rules and standards.
Complementing Renewable Energy
As renewable energy technologies face challenges related to intermittency, natural gas power plants can provide flexible and quick-starting capacity to balance supply and demand fluctuations, ensuring grid reliability. Natural gas is less carbon-intensive than coal and oil, making it a relatively cleaner option for electricity generation and industrial processes.
Renewable Natural Gas (RNG)
RNG is produced from organic waste sources such as landfills, wastewater treatment plants, and agricultural waste, with significantly reduced GhG emissions compared to conventional natural gas.
Energy Efficiency Initiatives
By encouraging efficient appliances, heating systems, and industrial processes, utilities can help reduce overall energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.
By capturing and sequestering carbon dioxide emissions, gas utilities can potentially offer a more environmentally friendly product to their customers and contribute to overall decarbonization efforts.
Diversification and Innovation
Natural gas utilities can invest in R&D to explore innovative applications of natural gas, such as in hydrogen production, power-to-gas technologies, and other emerging energy solutions.
International Export Opportunities
Expanding the reach of natural gas through LNG exports can create new revenue streams and bolster energy security for both exporting and importing countries.
Transitioning to a
Gas-Electric Hybrid System
Technologies like natural gas-fired power plants with combined heat and power (CHP) systems or microgrids can enhance energy efficiency and reliability.
Natural gas utilities are investing in renewable energy projects, embracing digital technologies for operational efficiencies, collaborating with stakeholders on sustainability initiatives, and seeking ways to reduce methane emissions from their operations.
WHAT WE DO FOR NATURAL GAS PROJECTS
Feasibility & Modeling
We evaluate the viability, risks, and returns of projects in the pre-construction stages to aid informed decision-making.
We integrate accounting, procurement, and other systematic processes and tools to monitor, manage, and optimize various aspects of the project's scope, schedule, budget, and quality
Project Documentation and Reporting
We create project documentation, reports, and progress updates, ensuring compliance with reporting requirements.
Project Evaluation and Post-Project Analysis
We assess project performance, lessons learned and areas for improvement to develop guidance and SOPs.
We collaborate with your leadership to gather and analyze information at the portfolio level, optimizing resource allocation to align performance with business unit or enterprise goals.