Thailand’s Banpu Kalnin Ventures Corp. (BKV) and BKV-BPP Power LLC are working to certify natural gas produced in the Lower 48 initially to fuel a power plant in Central Texas.

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Denver-based exploration and production (E&P) company BKV purchased the Temple I power plant north of Austin for $430 million in November with Banpu Power US Corp. The facility, which powers 750,000 homes across Central Texas, is equipped with emissions-control technology. 

BKV-BPP Power, a joint venture between Banpu Power plc and Banpu Group, said Project Canary is overseeing the certification process to designate production as responsibly sourced gas, or RSG. Further emissions-monitoring technology for the Temple facility also is being considered as the partnership works to source RSG for the power plant. 

The E&P also noted it plans to further evaluate midstream infrastructure associated with delivering natural gas to Temple I in the future. 

Natural gas certified from the upstream operations that is not consumed at Temple I is to be marketed as RSG, BKV said. 

Project Canary’s TrustWell certification is to be deployed to nearly 100 BKV pad locations in the Barnett and Marcellus shales. BKV said it already has continuous monitoring units at pad location across its Marcellus operations and would continue to add units through 2023. 

BKV was formed in 2015 by Thailand’s Banpu PCL, a diversified energy company. In 2019, BKV purchased Devon Energy Corp.’s Barnett Shale assets for $770 million. Through the deal, BKV acquired 320,000 gross acres and 4,200 producing wells. 

BKV recently reported gross natural gas production of 550,000 Mcf/d from the Barnett assets. In Pennsylvania, BKV said it holds 50,000 gross acres across the Marcellus, with 138 wells in operation and 150,000 Mcf/d gross production. 

Meanwhile, Seneca Resources Co. LLC announced it had expanded its RSG certification to 300 MMcf/d of the company’s Appalachian natural gas production with Project Canary. 

In September 2021, the E&P arm of National Fuel Gas Co. entered Project Canary’s assessment process for 121 of its Pennsylvania wells, about 30% of Seneca’s total production in the region.

The E&P said it had also deployed Canary X continuous emissions monitoring units on select pads in addition to its existing leak detection monitors. 

Project Canary’s certification expands upon Seneca’s prior RSG certification from Equitable Origin’s (EO) Standard for Responsible Energy Development. In mid-January, EO certified 100% of Seneca’s Appalachian natural gas production, representing more than 1 Bcf/d. 

Seneca explores for natural gas and oil in the Marcellus and Utica shales, as well as in California. In 2020, the E&P acquired 450,000 net acres in Pennsylvania from Royal Dutch Shell plc. Seneca produced 79.6 Bcfe during the fiscal fourth quarter, up 18% year/year.