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Integrated management helps compliance with maintenance, startup and shutdown rules

02.01.2014  |  Bejarano, F.,  Kleinfelder, Houston, TexasSussman, M.,  Kleinfelder , Houston, Texas

Keywords: [Sierra Club] [asset management] [environment] [compliance] [Texas Commission on Environmental Quality] [TCEQ] [MSS rule] [US Environmental Protection Agency ]

To comply with stricter air quality regulations while allowing for continued growth, hydrocarbon processing facilities must efficiently minimize pollutants without interrupting production (Fig. 1). Traditionally, facilities have focused only on the area of the facility experiencing growth and then invested in newer, larger, or additional air-pollution-control equipment. The same approach has been used to bring existing operations into compliance with changing air quality regulatory requirements like the maintenance startup and shutdown (MSS) and startup, shutdown and malfunction (SSM) rules. However, in this time of tighter budgets and economic uncertainty, many companies are finding that such an approach is no longer feasible.

  Fig. 1.  Stringent air quality regulations may force
  hydrocarbon processing facilities to reconsider
  environmental and asset management programs and priorities.

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