Industries utilize flare stacks to dispose of waste gases that are produced as a byproduct of regular factory or refinery operations. For the most part, waste gases are produced as a result of abnormalities and unforeseen events resulting from manufacturing procedures. Irrespective of the reason behind the gas build up, these waste gasses need to either be restored into the process or vented.
According to the latest compliance requirements, factory management is required to establish a Flare Management Plan (FMP) plan as well as a Continuous Parameter Monitoring System (CPMS) plan. These new regulations also cover pilot flame monitoring, visible emissions and flare tip velocity.
THE PARAMETERS OF THE FMP REQUIRING MONITOTING ARE AS FOLLOWS:
Vent gas composition
Net heating value of the combustion zone
Dilution parameter of the net heating value
Moreover, factory management must ensure that all of their flare stacks are performing according to a minimum destruction efficiency of 98% or a minimum combustion efficiency of 96.5% at all times.
CLEANFlare assists factory management in maintaining compliance and fulfills all auditing requirements as well as the need for 99.99% uptime. The monitoring, control and video storage are fully redundant, with no single point of failure. The storage is SSD with a Raid 5 architecture.
CLEANFlare stores 7 years of video, including a watermark, in order to meet and support regulator requests for an inspection or audit trail.
Unfortunately, many of the waste gasses are hydrocarbons, or other harmful and toxic gasses; simply venting them into the atmosphere is not an acceptable option. Burning off the waste gasses in a very controlled incineration process has been deemed a far more acceptable process as it neutralizes the toxic compounds and minimizes the impact that disposing of these gasses has on the environment.
Across the globe, facilities are coming under ever increasing scrutiny as regulatory and operational parameters are put in place to ensure that they manage their flare stacks in such a way as to minimize their larger impact on the environment
In December 2015, the U.S. EPA issued its final rule regarding flare emissions, the Risk and Technology Review (RTR), with multiple compliance deadlines scheduled through January 2019. The flare regulations outlined in this latest update are well-defined and incredibly stringent, requiring strict monitoring according to defined parameters. Any deemed lack of compliance with any of the regulations outlined in the RTR can result in fines, shutdowns and, in some cases, incarceration.