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A constant eye on emissions

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Due to increasingly rigorous requirements for regulatory and permit compliance, organisations are seeking more from all compliance support systems. The ability to expand systems to encompass new, or migrate existing, regulatory calculations used to monitor environmental performance is vital. Planning strategically for a scalable and sustainable system has been shown to reduce overall compliance costs. Currently, much spending goes to implementation of short-term tactical  solutions which are generally customised in existing software tools such as Microsoft Excel or Access. These solutions do not easily support changes to compliance monitoring and increasing demands for more emissions data at more frequent intervals or requirements from emerging emissions trading markets.

In 2003, the BP Texas City site began the search for a strategic solution to meet its air emissions calculations and monitoring needs. The Texas City Refinery is BP’s largest refinery worldwide and the third largest refinery in the US, with an estimated crude capacity of about 460,000 barrels per day. The adjacent BP Chemicals Facility manufactures a variety of key chemicals which are used as building blocks by other sites within BP’s chemicals stream.

Rather than deploy several costly tactical solutions for multiple new incoming air emissions regulations, BP Texas City decided to invest the time and resources up front to use Mustang/Ellipsys E!CEMS suite of software. The key elements of E!CEMS which made it the preferred solution included the ability to take raw process data and perform air emissions calculations in near real-time per applicable regulatory guidelines, the functionality to provide subsequent event detection and notifications based on the calculation results, and finally the ad hoc and automated reporting capabilities.

(Courtesy of Engineering World, a magazine published by Engineers Media)

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