One-year project will verify methane emissions across full natural gas value chain. [Image credit: Williams]

By Dale Lunan

Natural gas infrastructure company Williams said December 8 it would partner with Coterra Energy and Dominion Energy Virginia to establish a first-of-its-kind next generation natural gas certification process across the full gas value chain.

The platform will leverage block-chain technology from Context Labs’ Decarbonization as a Service (DaaS™) platform to track and measure end-to-end emissions through the aggregation and reconciliation of multiple sources of data to provide a path-specific methane intensity certification that meets or exceeds industry leading measurement protocols.

The process will measure methane intensities across all sectors of the value chain, from production through gathering and transmission, with deliveries through 2023.

KPMG will perform third-party verification of the methane intensity certificate and low-emission attributes of the next gen natural gas.

“Williams is proud to launch the industry’s first comprehensive next gen natural gas platform to bring greater trust, transparency and transactability to the certified gas market,” said Chad Zamarin, senior vice president of corporate strategic development at Williams. “As we look to a low-carbon energy future, Williams is committed to leading our industry with credible solutions to benefit our customers and their sustainability goals.”

Over the one-year duration of the project, which will highlight the low-carbon benefits of Conterra’s northeast Pennsylvania production and Williams’ gathering and transmission operations to provide a differentiated, low-emission gas product for northeast gas utility Dominion Energy Virginia, the pathway is expected to avoid 120,000 metric tons of CO2 emissions.