February 2007

Special Report: Clean Fuels

Minimize your refinery flaring

This facility installed a flare gas recovery system improving emissions and increasing revenue

Harishbabu, V., Prasad, Y. B., Sharma, R. K., Reliance Industries Ltd.

Refiners are using delayed coking to upgrade heavy residual material into lighter produts. Delayed coking operations increase the volume of byproduct noncondensable hydrocarbons generated and typically flared. A refinery installed a new flare gas recovery system (FGRS) on a delayed coker. The FGRS is capable of recovering 44 metric tons/day (tpd) of flare gases from the delayed coker. Such recovery efforts have lowered facility sulfur dioxides (SOx) emissions by 95%, translating to an economic savings of $3.5 million per year. The facility. Reliance Industries Ltd. operates one of the world's largest grassroots refineries in Jamnagar, India. Crude processing capacity is 660 thousand barrel

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