Flare Gas Recovery: reducing and monitoring flare gas

With the ‘zero routine flaring by 2030’ initiative in the industries sights, it’s now more important than ever to reduce and monitor flare gas.

Zero routine flaring by 2030

According to The World Bank “…thousands of gas flares at oil production sites around the globe burn approximately 140 billion cubic meters of natural gas annually, causing more than 300 million tons of CO2 to be emitted to the atmosphere…if this amount of gas were used for power generation, it could provide about 750 billion kWh of electricity, or more than the African continent’s current annual electricity consumption.”

By 2030, plants will still be allowed to flare for safety reasons, however they should no longer be flaring due to inadequate infrastructure and should have systems in place to utilise the otherwise wasted gas.

Recovering and reusing flare gas

An increasingly popular method is Flare Gas Recovery (FGR). FGR is the process of recovering waste gases that would normally be flared. These gases are then used elsewhere in the facility, therefore reducing emissions and waste and consequently increasing efficiency.

The process involves capturing the gas from the flare knock-out vessel and compressing it using liquid ring compressors. The recovered gases can then be reused within the facility’s fuel gas system, as a refinery feedstock, or for re-injection.

FGR can be used in any industry that uses flaring. These include refining, production, LNG, biogas and pharmaceutical.

Know your flare gas figures

Ahead of 2030, it is also vital for these industries to accurately monitor flare gas. This ensures that companies meet the tightening regulations, and overall levels of industry flaring can be precisely reported and monitored.

Fluenta’s FGM160 Flare Gas Meter uses ultrasonic sensing technology. This is by far the most accurate means of measuring flare gas, and our systems ensure you adhere to the increasingly strict regulations.

If you would like to speak to a flare metering expert about how we can help you, please see our contact page and get in touch! 

July 11, 2019 | Flaring reduction series, News

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