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flaring-excess-gases-a-consideration-in-oil-and-gas-investments
flaring-excess-gases-a-consideration-in-oil-and-gas-investments

Flaring excess gases – A consideration in oil and gas investments

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There are certain industrial processes that have an inherently high risk of producing unwanted off-gases. Heavy industry recognises the potential impact of these off-gases on the environment, and continually invests countless hours and funds into mitigating the associated risks involved with manufacturing processes.

Excess gases occur in a multitude of industrial and municipal processes. These excess gases occur because the amount of gas exceeds the needs of the system, as part of a safety strategy to remove pressure build-up, or when the process creates unusable waste gas. One of the most critical requirements is the safe elimination of pressure build-up in reaction and process lines associated with the manufacture and processing of hydrocarbons, and other flammable and explosive materials.

In chemical, petrochemical, and other production processes, volatile organic compound (VOC) off-gases are created that cannot be stored, reused, or compressed; or gases are diverted during maintenance procedures and emergencies. The most common solution is to provide a controlled venting process that supports both the necessary system safety and a process that reduces or eliminates any harmful gases or particulates before anything is vented into the environment. The venting process that works most effectively in avoiding the release of hazardous excess gases into the environment are flares, combustors, and vents. These venting and oxidising processes are most commonly structured with off-gas routing valves, piping, and an open burn flaring system.

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