December 2000

Economics/Process Technology

How to buy flares

Obtain practical assistance in the knowledge and purchase of this equipment

Choi, D. W., Consulting Engineer

One of my old colleagues once stated and asked, "When I started working for the oil field after graduation, we used rags to burn off excess gas from wells. Why do we now need those fancy and expensive air-assisted flares?" In retrospect, I thought, "This is a remarkable change from rag burning to current state-of-the-art flare!" The primitive method of rag burning has been replaced by the current state-of-the-art technology. As the petrochemical industry has engaged in greater awareness of global environmental impact and safety, the status of flares in plant design has risen from an accessory system to an integral part o

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