The first Canadian Compliant GoVAC® FLEX system, developed and manufactured by Onboard Dynamics LLC, has been delivered to Enbridge Gas Inc. in Toronto, Canada. When taking a section of their distribution system out of service, they will be able to compress the natural gas and inject it into a nearby pipeline, or transfer it into a tube trailer when there isn’t a system nearby. This will save the gas and avoid venting to atmosphere. Since methane is significantly more potent as a greenhouse gas than CO2, using the GoVAC® system will offer Enbridge an efficient way to significantly reduce their emissions from day-to-day operations.
“Enbridge has been using a legacy system, but the portability of how the GoVAC® FLEX system can be pulled by a standard pickup truck and the ability to inject natural gas into systems of up to 1000 PSI will provide Enbridge much more flexibility during pipeline operations.” Said Roddi Bassermann, Manager, Energy Transition and Telemetry, Enbridge Inc. “After road licensing and vendor training, we should be using the new system by the end of the month.”
Over the past couple of years, a group mainly from the Engineering and Operations teams at Enbridge, has worked together to choose an appropriate vendor. This required an independent assessment of the GoVAC® FLEX system to ensure that provincial requirements were met.
Onboard Dynamics provided Enbridge with hands-on training for the safe and effective use of the GoVAC® FLEX system in the field. Operator Training included pre-towing, post-towing, setup, use, demobilization, and common fault recovery scenarios. Training was provided at an Enbridge Gate Station.
About Enbridge Inc.
At Enbridge, we safely connect millions of people to the energy they rely on every day, fueling quality of life through our North American natural gas, oil or renewable power networks and our growing European offshore wind portfolio. We’re investing in modern energy delivery infrastructure to sustain access to secure, affordable energy and building on two decades of experience in renewable energy to advance new technologies including wind and solar power, hydrogen, renewable natural gas and carbon capture and storage. We’re committed to reducing the carbon footprint of the energy we deliver, and to achieving net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. Headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, Enbridge’s common shares trade under the symbol ENB on the Toronto (TSX) and New York (NYSE) stock exchanges. To learn more, visit us at enbridge.com.
About Onboard Dynamics LLC.
The goal of Onboard Dynamics is to support the natural gas ecosystem in reducing global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions safely and reliably through our innovative and practical commercial solutions. Our patented compression-based systems minimize methane and other GHG releases during pipeline operations and maintenance, mitigate GHG emissions from transportation vehicles, and capture methane that would otherwise be released to the atmosphere from other industrial operations. Our customers receive expanded environmental benefits and reduction in costs through purchasing, leasing, and/or receiving turn-key services from our natural gas-powered products.