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JOB CREATION IN THE EMERGING METHANE LEAK DETECTION AND REPAIR INDUSTRY Datu Research March 2017 A D AT U R E S E A R C H . C O M

ABOUT THIS REPORT This research was prepared on behalf of Environmental Defense Fund www.edf.org A B O U T D AT U R E S E A R C H Datu Research is an international consulting firm established in 2012. We help decision makers create sustainable food systems, develop local economies, and increase climate resilience. Our core competencies are value chain analysis, economic analysis, and impact evaluation. www.daturesearch.com AUTHORS Marie Veyrier, Amanda Hoster, Rui Chen, and Marcy Lowe ACKNOWLEDGMENTS The authors are grateful to the interviewees who generously contributed their time and expertise to this project. C O M PA N I E S A N D P O L I C Y V I E W S Inclusion of company names in this report does not imply a position on federal or state policies regarding methane emissions. None of the opinions or comments expressed in this study are endorsed by the companies mentioned or individuals interviewed. Errors of fact or interpretation remain exclusively with the authors. We welcome comments and suggestions. C O N TA C T Inquiries can be directed to: [email protected] © March 2017, Datu Research, LLC

C o n t en ts Executive Summary....................................................................................................................................................... 3 Introduction................................................................................................................................................................... 4 Why Methane?...................................................................................................................................................5 Leak Detection and Repair in the Oil and Gas Industry....................................................................................... 7 Characteristics of Methane Leak Detection and Repair Firms........................................................................... 12 Firm Size, Age, Anticipated Growth, Technologies and Geographic Reach............................................... 12 Workforce............................................................................................................................................................ 15 Review of Key Findings..................................................................................................................................... 18 Case Study: CB&I........................................................................................................................................................ 19 Case Study: Dexter ATC Field Services................................................................................................................... 22 Appendix: List of Companies Providing Leak Detection and Repair Services in the U.S............................ 25 References.................................................................................................................................................................... 27 LIST OF FIGURES

Figure 1. Four Stages of the Natural Gas Supply Chain.......................................................................................... 6 Figure 2. Main Stages and Associated Steps in an LDAR Program........................................................................ 7 Figure 3. Annual Revenue, Leak Detection and Repair Firms in $ Millions....................................................... 12 Figure 4. Number of Employees, Leak Detection and Repair Firms..................................................................... 12 Figure 5. Maturity Stage, Leak Detection and Repair Firms................................................................................. 13 Figure 6. Number of LDAR Firms Serving Oil & Gas Clients, By State............................................................... 14 Figure 7. Typical One-Way Travel Distance Reported.................