Flare gas compliance has become a hot topic in recent years due to the environmental impact of flaring and venting gas. Flaring is the controlled burning of natural gas that cannot be processed or transported, while venting is the release of gas into the atmosphere during the production and processing of oil and gas.
New regulations of flare emissions require oil refineries and chemical plants to analyze the vent gas and quickly make adjustments to maintain sufficient destruction efficiency. And we can you with meet those emissions regulations. According to new requirements in the General Provisions, flares used as Air Pollution Control Devices (APCD) are expected to achieve 98% Hazardous Air Pollutant (HAP) destruction efficiencies. These updated requirements include monitoring of the pilot flame, visible emissions, flare tip velocity, net heating values, and dilution parameters, as well as maintaining a Flare Management Plan and a Continuous Parameter Monitoring System Plan.
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The EPA has recently introduced more stringent environmental regulations on flare emissions, which include the Ethylene MACT (EMACT) and Miscellaneous Organic Chemical Manufacturing NESHAP (MON) regulations. These regulations aim to reduce flare emissions from chemical and petrochemical plants, with the compliance deadline for many plants set for mid-2023. One of the crucial requirements of these regulations is to ensure that any organics in the flare gas undergo sufficient combustion. This necessitates the confirmation of a minimum BTU in the gas being burned by the flare, but measuring the BTU can be challenging due to the dynamic range of components involved.
The aim of these regulations is to decrease flare emissions in numerous chemical and petrochemical plants, and many plants must comply with them by mid-2023. A significant aspect of these regulations is to guarantee that there is adequate combustion of organics in the flare gas. Hence, a crucial compliance criterion for the affected flares is to verify that the gas being burned by the flare contains a minimum BTU. However, accurately and swiftly measuring the BTU can be challenging due to the wide range of components involved.
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The ATOM INSTRUMENT™ FGA-1000 Process Analyzer with UV Fluorescence Technology is a highly specialized instrument designed for Flare Gas Analysis. It offers several benefits over traditional methods including:
The FGA-1000 continuous process analyzer is a device used to analyze the composition and properties of flare gas emissions in various industries, including chemical and petrochemical plants. It is a continuous process analyzer that operates in real-time, providing continuous analysis of the flare gas emissions. The device is designed to operate in hazardous and harsh environments and can withstand extreme temperatures, pressures, and humidity.
The EXTREL™ MAX300-RTG 2.0 Process Mass Spectrometer is a highly specialized instrument designed for the analysis of flare gas streams. It offers several benefits over traditional methods of flare gas analysis, including:
The MAX300-RTG 2.0 Process Mass Spectrometer is a device used for the analysis of flare gas emissions in various industrial applications, including chemical and petrochemical plants. The mass spectrometer can detect and measure a wide range of components, from light gases, such as hydrogen and helium, to heavier hydrocarbons, such as benzene and toluene.
Using our COSA XENTUAR™ 9800CXi™ injection-style zero emissions calorimeter in flare gas analysis offers several benefits:
The 9800CXi injection-style zero emissions calorimeter is a device used to measure the heat content (BTU) of flare gas emissions in various industries, including chemical and petrochemical plants. The device operates on the principle of a gas being injected into a combustion chamber where it is burned completely. The heat released during combustion is transferred to a fluid flowing through a coil in the combustion chamber. The temperature of the fluid is then measured to calculate the heat content of the gas.
The 9800CXi injection-style zero emissions calorimeter uses a unique injection-style design, which eliminates the need for any sample handling or disposal, making it a zero-emissions device. The device operates continuously and can take measurements every two minutes, providing real-time analysis of the flare gas.
Using our COSA XENTUAR™ 9610CXc™ continuous “direct” calorimeter in flare gas analysis offers several benefits:
The 9610CXc is a continuous, direct calorimeter used to measure the heat content (BTU) of flare gas emissions in various industries, including chemical and petrochemical plants. The device operates on the principle of calorimetry, which measures the heat released during the combustion of the flare gas. The 9610CXc calorimeter uses a combustion chamber where the gas is burned completely, and the heat released is transferred to a cooling fluid flowing through a coil in the combustion chamber. The cooling fluid temperature is measured, and the amount of heat released is calculated based on the temperature difference between the inlet and outlet of the cooling fluid.
The device is designed to operate continuously, providing real-time measurement of the heat content of the flare gas. It can measure the heating value, Wobbe index, and specific gravity of the gas and provides real-time data on these parameters.
Flare gas monitoring requires accurate measurement of the flow rate and composition of the gas being flared. However, the high temperature and pressure of the gas can make accurate measurement challenging, as can the variability in the gas flow and composition.
Flare gas monitoring equipment must be able to operate in a range of environmental conditions, including extreme temperatures, high winds, and heavy rain. This can be challenging, especially in remote locations where access to power and other infrastructure may be limited.
Flare gas monitoring is subject to regulatory requirements in many jurisdictions, and companies must be able to demonstrate compliance with these requirements through regular monitoring and reporting. This can be challenging due to the complexity of the regulations and the need for accurate data and reporting systems.
Non-compliant companies may face fines or penalties that can be significant, especially for repeated or willful violations of regulations.
Regulators may require a company to shut down operations if they are found to be in violation of flare gas regulations. This can result in significant financial losses and reputational damage.
Companies that are found to be non-compliant with flare gas regulations may face negative publicity and reputational damage, which can have long-term impacts on their business.
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