The past two weeks, I have had the incredible opportunity of working in the Engineering Department at Heritage Gas Limited – a company that operates a full regulation class natural gas distribution franchise in Nova Scotia. As Heritage Gas values environmental awareness, and is conscious about their carbon footprint, I have been assigned the task of estimating the company’s GHG emissions over the last 8 years by compiling data from various sources, including pipeline leaks, heating for offices and stations, and electricity consumption. This has been a very educational experience as I have been working with detailed excel spreadsheets and researching a lot about the use of natural gas as opposed to other energy sources.
From reading through reports and articles, and meeting with one of the engineers to discuss the way the various pressures in the pipeline system work, I have gained a thorough knowledge and understanding of the efficiency, sustainability, and reliability of this energy source.
After acquiring this basic understanding of natural gas, I have gone out to the field on multiple occasions (in my hard hat, reflective vest, and boots) to see the work I had read about in action. I have had the opportunity to see various diameters of pipelines being placed into the ground; I have had a tour of the CNG (compressed natural gas) plant; I have gone around the city to meter placement appointments with one of the company’s technical planners; and I’ve had a tour of the warehouse, where all the various parts and equipment are kept.
Heritage Gas Warehouse
As the first SHAD intern at Heritage Gas, I had no idea what to expect. However, after spending the last two weeks with intelligent engineers, technical planners, and operations managers, I have come to realize how invaluable of an experience this internship truly is. I greatly appreciate the exposure I’ve had to the kind of jobs engineering can lead to, as well as the opportunity I’ve had to see how the various departments of the company can come together to create such a successful franchise that just recently celebrated its 6000th customer! I’m very excited to see what I’ll be working on in my last two weeks, but I’ll also be very sad to leave as I have thoroughly enjoyed working with the Heritage Gas team; everybody has been very supportive and extremely welcoming.