Gas Operational Excellence

The Gas Operational Excellence track focuses on strategies, best practices and the latest innovations and trends to enhance gas delivery and quality assurance.

Meet the Program Development Team for this track. Learn more about the Operations Conference.

Wednesday, April 26, 2023

1:15 PM – 2:30 PM
Innovative Solutions + Strategies for Managing Supply Chain Constraints
Speakers: Jon Perdue, Senior Manager Sourcing, Hubbell Gas Utility Solutions
Ralf Balzer, Strategy Manager, Supply Management, Southern California Gas Company
This revolutionary session enables benchmarking opportunities across natural gas utilities, distributors, and first tier suppliers. The subject matter is relevant to buyers, engineers, key managers and more. The panel discussion will revolve around current, key procurement issues and mitigation strategies and how to effectively manage future supply chain challenges. Innovation and adaption to current market conditions can be achieved through strategic sourcing strategies, such as new product development, product life extension, multiple sourcing tactics, and relationship building.

Thursday, April 27, 2023

9:30 AM – 10:45 AM
Methane Emissions Reduction – Strategies Using Technology + Procedures
Speakers: Dennis Jarnecke, Director of R&D, GTI Energy
Ken Garcia, Technical Services Supervisor, Southwest Gas Corporation
This session will provide insight into the research of new and upcoming technology that will support the reduction of methane emissions from natural gas distribution systems during operations or new construction.  Dennis Jarnecke from the non-profit Gas Technology Institute (GTI) will share the technologies his organization is engaged in, as well as PHMSA guidelines for standardized metrics and procedures.  In addition, Ken Garcia from Southwest Gas will be sharing his learnings into the practical use of new vacuum and compressor technology to assist the transfer of natural gas from one pipeline into another pipeline, or into storage during operational maintenance.

1:45 PM – 3:00 PM
Future of Hydrogen – Technology Projects + Material Compatibility
Sustainable energy technology innovations are changing rapidly, and hydrogen is emerging as a frontrunner in the renewal energy sector. Learn about new and exciting projects that will play a crucial role in creating the hydrogen economy and the efforts to identify and test the materials required to acclimate.