Air Pollution Control (APC) using Carbon
For the past decade the EPA has been paying close attention to flare emissions due to incidents where process gasses were not being completely combusted. In 2016, the EPA finalized refinery regulations in requiring existing flares and new flares to be upgraded by January 2019.
These new regulations require a flare management plan and continuous monitoring of operating parameters. It also will require pilot flame monitoring, visible emissions and flare tip velocity. The regulation states the flares net heating value in combustion chamber must maintain gas at or above 270 BTU/scfm. Adding the addition monitoring can be costly on existing system but on new systems they are cost-effective upgrades.
We would be happy to assist you with any existing system upgrades or if you are considering a new flare, Ship & Shore can discuss these measures with you further. To learn more about EPA regulations you can go to the attached link: https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/documents/flaringviolations.pdf