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