January 2002

Environment

Improve flaring operations

Consider using an acoustic monitor to supervise pilot status for your flare

Balcar, M., Bergeron, B., BP p.l.c.; Kodesh, Z., Schwartz, R. E., John Zink Co. LLC

Proper disposal of process and waste gases during routine and/or emergency conditions is crucial to protect the operating facility, plant employees and the surrounding community. Flaring is a practical and accepted method used to safely manage process gases. Yet, this practice is under increased scrutiny. Hydrocarbon processing industry (HPI) facilities rely on their flaring systems to properly dispose of process gases. Federal and state regulations now mandate operating conditions for flare systems. Thus, HPI facilities are required to monitor the pilot flame of the flare. U.S. federal regulations state, "The presenc

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