The Australian Carbon Tax system came into force on July 1st 2012. The race against the clock to design, build, install and start-up the first systems prior to this date began just before Christmas 2011; however, the successful installation and operation of three Hofstetter flares four years ago was the actual starting point for these projects. Compliance with the strict mining standards, implementing Australian standards in the design, and the short schedule and size (3x60 MW) of the flares were just a few of the challenges to be tackled by the joint team of Hofstetter and our local partner Energen Solutions. The dedicated teamwork and close co-operation with Xstrata resulted in a joint success, and on July 2nd the flares were in operation. In the meantime, a number of new projects have been installed and started up.
Stacking up: flare Monitoring from LumaSense
Lenny Shaver, LumaSense Technologies’ director of product management, explains the company’s IR and pyrometer technologies FLARING systems are common in many industries to burn gases before they enter the atmosphere. The safe operation of a flaring system requires the continuous monitoring of pilot flames and flared gases to ensure that vented gases are ignited.As regulatory pressure to monitor flares has increased, reliable pilot monitoring signals are often required to ensure reliable flare status...
Thermal oxidizers for natural gas savings - Case Study
It’s in the news every day; the natural gas production industry is experiencing record growth. The gas reserves in the United States are thought to hold enough natural gas for hundreds of years and the gas and oil industry has improved extraction techniques that make gas production more affordable and less impactful on the landscape. Good news for the country and our environment.The Midstream ProcessMidstream Gas processing plants are complicated production facilities. These plants process large quantities...
Performance of the low-emission flare
Job report / Elbisgraben (Bale / Switzerland)The summer of 1992 had finally arrived. The 5MW low emission furnace in the district heating station Liestal was ignited, supplied with landfill gas from Elbisgraben landfill.Since then the plant has been running continuously and the comprehensive measurements taken, verify that all targets aimed at have been achieved: plant efficiency 90%, low NOX, almost pollution free flue gas, no dioxin and furane.Something to the previous historySince 1983, the Elbisgraben...
Case study - LFG pumping trials with Automatic Flare Systems (AFS)
Application Landfill gas Equipment GA3000 Location United Kingdom Customer Automatic Flare Systems (AFS) Requirement Managing director at AFS, Steve Willacy said, “We want continuous landfill gas monitoring and analysis and to use a data logger to record the results from the gas analyser." Operation AFS uses its mobile flare skid for landfill gas pumping trials to analyse the quantity and composition of landfill gas. Mounted on the skid is a Geotech GA3000 static gas analyser. It monitors the...
The Goldilocks of Combustion Solutions
It’s not too big, it’s not too small… It’s just right! We hear it all the time from our customers: “The ABUTEC 200 is too small for our site, but the HTF is too large. Can you create a custom unit?” The answer sometimes surprises those customers. While yes, we can certainly develop a custom unit just for your site, a more efficient (and cost-effective) solution is to pair multiple ABUTEC units together to meet your site’s unique needs. ABUTEC specialists look at a...