Investing in High Capacity Vapor Combustors for Improved Production Operation Efficiency
Upstream oil and gas production operations have many moving parts and regulatory standards to meet. The complexity of exploration and production (E&P) morphs into constant activity and a need for a variety of oilfield services at a production site, and operators must balance goals of maximizing revenue, site safety and emissions compliance. These operators have a variety of tools at their disposal to meet these goals, including using open flares (when state regulations permit) or enclosed combustors to capture harmful gases from their site and combust with minimal impact on the environment when other infrastructure is not in place.
• Gas-Actuated Pneumatic Pumps
• Pneumatic Devices
• Compressor Engines
Emissions on production sites are regulated by both federal and state rules, and operators can be fined heavily and face additional consequences if found to not be in compliance. The EPA’s 40 CFR Subpart OOOO, or Quad O, states that all storage tanks that qualify must have a control device in place. A “control device” is described as an enclosed combustor or vapor recovery device which reduces tank vapor emissions to less than six tons annually, with a unit operating at a 95% or greater destruction efficiency (DRE). Additionally, in August 2016, Quad O was amended and finalized to include additional regulations, called 40 CFR Part 60, Subpart OOOOa. Subpart OOOOa regulates sources of VOC and greenhouse gases (GHGs) that were formerly unregulated under Subpart OOOO, including hydraulically fractured oil well completions, pneumatic pumps and fugitive emissions from well sites and compressor stations.
State regulations vary, but include situations in which flaring is allowed, necessary technology to control emissions and permit requirements. You can read about individual state regulations here.
Although most operators would prefer to capture gas produced at well sites and sell it for profit, oftentimes infrastructure is not in place to capture and transport well gas to be processed and sold. This is where combustion comes into play as an efficient and cost-effective way to ensure production sites are both rid of harmful gas and in compliance with environmental regulations.
• No visible flame
• Low emissions
• High turndown capacity
• Minimal noise pollution
• Versatility to operate in a variety of applications with both low pressure and high pressure inlets
ASHCOR’s High Capacity Vapor Combustor (HCVC) Units are refractory lined and manufactured with a stainless steel or carbon steel painted bodies that can withstand heavy wind, harsh oil and gas environments and other stringent conditions. Each is equipped with ASHCOR flame arresters and burner management controls that help improve safety in site operations.
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