The heat is on: flaring in the chemicals industry

Central to our modern economy, the chemicals industry is responsible for converting raw materials (such as oil, natural gas, air, water, metals and minerals) into more than 70,000 different products. Like the drilling of wells for hydrocarbons, processes in refineries and chemical plants inevitably result in flaring to burn gas. Identifying the cause Flaring is performed in the chemicals industry for a range of…

Flaring in America’s busiest oil field

Shale drillers in Texas’ Permian Basin are flaring $1 million worth of natural gas every day, according to statistics published in the Wall Street Journal. The Permian Basin is the largest petroleum-producing basin in the US, pumping close to two million barrels of oil per day. Recent advances in hydrocarbon recovery – such as horizontal…

An IoT framework for gas measurement

This article first appeared in Sensors Online on March 10, 2017 The Internet of Things (IoT) is changing the capability of businesses to measure and manage a range of previously standalone infrastructure. In flare-gas operations, businesses are deploying this capability to monitor flaring volumes remotely and seeing transformative results in terms of cost reduction, emissions…

Reducing flaring in Nigeria: Presidential approval

In a recent interview, Nigeria’s President announced approval of the country’s new Flare Gas (Prevention of Waste and Pollution) Regulations. These will be implemented under the wider National Gas Flare Commercialisation Programme (NGFCP). While the interview stated Nigeria loses approximately $1 billion of revenue to gas flaring every year, other sources have put the figure…

The IoT effect: modernising traditional industries

This article originally appeared in Digitalisation World on April 4, 2017 The Internet of Things (IoT) is poised to radically change the way we monitor and measure an almost unlimited number of tasks.  To date consumer applications have included health monitoring through wearable heart monitors, smart controlled appliances in the home and connected security systems in…