The oil and gas industry are flaring hydrocarbons into the atmosphere at a rate of over 140 billion cubic meters per year according to the World Bank Group, which is equivalent to the annual natural gas consumption of Japan and Germany combined.
The industry currently flares hydrocarbons into the atmosphere commonly where there is no nearby pipeline infrastructure, and otherwise during routine maintenance or safety-driven flaring events. Flaring is igniting and burning valuable excess hydrocarbon gases into the atmosphere across industry, both onshore and offshore. These flared hydrocarbons release GHGs (Green House Gas) such as carbon dioxide and methane that create large carbon footprints as well as increase global warming. Flare gas recovery systems are becoming a popular choice for refineries and chemical plants, but how do they work? What makes these systems the right choice for business?
Flares are a normal part of the refining process. When there is an excess of flammable waste gas produced by a chemical or petroleum processing facility, flares burn off these gases in a controlled manner to avoid toxic buildup. Flare gas recovery systems (FGRS) are designed to capture and repurpose some of these gases. FGRS uses specialized compression packages, which capture and repurpose gases and emissions, such as methane/LPG and sulfur dioxide, which would normally be burned during the flaring process.
FGRS compress the gas from the flare knock-out vessel using liquid ring compressors. The recovered gases can then be used within the fuel gas system inside the facility as either a refinery feedstock or re-injection. Because flare gas recovery systems allow you to recapture some of what would otherwise be lost products, they can significantly reduce costs associated with your refining process. In addition, increased revenue to reduce operating costs, using an FGRS can help you comply with environmental regulations limiting toxic emissions into the air or water.
A recent study by the State of Texas found that 6,589 wells in Texas were considered new drills, re-entries, and re-completions. With early well completions and the elimination of much of the flaring these permitted oil productions can be boosted using LCT360’s technology. This technology is also scalable to handle the large gas flaring of major oil refineries around the globe.
The adoption of LCT360 technology into oil and gas production will improve the petrochemical sector’s overall profitability and add to a much necessary cleaner environment.
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