fugitive emissions leak detection Articles

  • Localizing Fugitive Emissions Management

    Untitled Document Louisiana Petrochemical Facility Employs Essential FEMS In Move To End Third-Party Fugitive Emissions Contract ...


    By IHS

  • Proper Monitoring Essential to Reducing ‘Fugitive Emissions` Under Leak Detection and Repair Programs

    The Clean Air Act requires refineries to develop and implement a Leak Detection and Repair (LDAR) program to control fugitive emissions. Fugitive emissions occur from valves, pumps, compressors, pressure relief valves, flanges, connectors and other piping components. Comparison monitoring conducted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) National Enforcement Investigation Center ...

  • Fugitive Emissions - Consent Decree Compliance Management; It is Possible!

    Untitled Document INTRODUCTION Fugitive emissions from process equipment such as valves, connectors, pumps, etc. can account for 30 to 60% of a petroleum ...


    By InspectionLogic Corporation

  • Fugitive Gas Emissions In The Petroleum & Natural Gas Industry

    Challenge: Fugitive emissions in the petroleum and natural gas industry can come from a variety of sources and are classified as intentional (venting from tanks, compressor vents and stacks) or unintentional (equipment wear and tear, improper assembly, damage or manufacturing defects).  Most of these fugitive gas leaks are considered insignificant or  too small to ...


    By Leak Imaging, LLC

  • Shooting a Moving Target - Permitting Fugitive Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) Emissions

    Untitled Document ABSTRACT Fugitive emissions from components at chemical processing facilities often appear as allowable emission limits in construction ...


    By Trinity Consultants

  • Capturing the fugitives: Reducing methane emissions from natural gas

    The rapid expansion of natural gas development in the United States has been a double-edged sword. While natural gas supporters are quick to point out its economic benefits and green attributes—natural gas produces roughly half the carbon dioxide emissions of coal during combustion—this isn’t the whole story. Natural gas comes with environmental consequences, including risks to ...

  • Refrigerant leak detection is heavily regulated by government agencies

    Refrigerant leak monitoring in refrigeration and air-conditioning (RAC) systems and heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC-R) equipment is very challenging, even for the most skilled HVAC-R technician. The leak could be well concealed from view in tubing, a system component, or in an operating or safety control component. With the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) laws documented ...


    By Verisae

  • `Shooting a Moving Target-Permitting Fugitive Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) Emissions,` presented at the 2004 AWMA annual conference

    Abstract Fugitive emissions from components at chemical processing facilities often appear as allowable emission limits in construction (New Source Review) and operating (Title V) permits issued by state permitting authorities - a subtle contradiction to the federal and state level regulations that regulate those very emissions. Both federal (New Source Performance Standards ...


    By Trinity Consultants

  • Proactive Leak Detection of Oil & Gas Assets Can Improve Worker Safety

    According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, there have only been 4 new refineries built in the last 20 years on US soil. Those 4 refineries have a combined capacity of These complex, engineering amusement parks must be properly maintained if they want to continue to not only be operable but also profitable. One aspect of proper maintenance and environmental stewardship is ...


    By EnTech Engineering, Inc

  • TDLAS Gas Detection Instrumentation

    PKL Technologies Inc. manufactures tunable diode laser (TDLAS) based gas detectors and monitors. Spectra-1 open path gas sensors are used in a variety of environmental and safety remote sensing applications. Spectra-1 gas sensors have been designed in a compact, easy to use, robust and portable format. Spectra-1 has been developed using proprietary hardware and software, to produce a low cost ...


    By PKL Technologies Inc.

  • Identifying Leaks from Natural Gas Pipelines at a Safe Distance

    The use of natural gas, of which methane is the principle component, is increasing worldwide. According to the American Petroleum Institute methane meets 24% of U.S. energy demand and heats over 50% of all U.S. households. It also has many industrial uses, such as the manufacture of chemicals like ammonia, methanol, butane, ethane, propane and acetic acid; it is also an ingredient in products as ...

  • Oil Refineries Fail to Report Millions of Pounds of Harmful Emissions

    Executive Summary This report summarizes the findings of an investigation by the minority staff of the House Government Reform Committee into fugitive emissions from oil refineries. The investigation was requested by Rep. Henry A. Waxman, the ranking member of the Committee on Government Reform. It finds that (1) oil refineries vastly underreport leaks from valves to federal and state regulators ...


  • Meeting emission control through improved actuation

    Introduction Reducing fugitive emissions, particularly methane, is a major priority in the fight against climate change. Although valves and actuators have been the focus for reduction efforts because valve leakage accounts for more than half of total fugitive emissions, the problem is mainly old valves that weren't designed using the latest materials and technologies. New technologies can ...


    By Rotork

  • QuadOa and OGI: how EPA regulations are changing the way we look at gas leaks

    Earlier this year, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published Regulation 40 CFR, Part 60, Sub-part OOOOa, commonly known as Quad Oa, and finally brought optical gas imaging (OGI) firmly into the mainstream. This presents a major shift in the way fugitive emissions are regulated, and the technology that can be used.  Detecting and acting on gas leaks is naturally a major ...

  • Mobile Stationary Source Emissions Testing, Coming to a Facility Near You?

    Last week, Antea Group had the unique opportunity to perform a RATA (relative accuracy test audit) of the emissions from a thermal oxidizer at an ethanol production facility located in Minnesota using a state-of-the-art mobile testing laboratory. During this RATA audit, actual stack emissions levels (including NOx, SOx, CO2, CO, O2, flow rate, temperature, velocity and pressure) from the ...


    By Antea Group - USA

  • DAK Americas saves US$150,000 annually and transforms LDAR monitoring program into profit center

    Work smarter, not harder' has long been the goal at DAK Americas' polyethylene terephthalate resins (PET) ethylene glycol and monomers refining plant in Leland, North Carolina. Recently, the facility's environmental team applied that philosophy to the management of fugitive emissions information using FEMS Express™ software from ESS and achieved remarkable results. Like many chemical plants in ...


    By IHS

  • Smart LDAR — more cost-effective?

    On December 19, 2008, EPA issued a final rule establishing a voluntary Alternative Work Practice (AWP) to detect leaks of volatile organic compounds (VOC) and hazardous air pollutants (HAP) from process equipment (FR Vol. 73, Number 246), thereby providing the regulated community additional flexibility in complying with leak detection and repair (LDAR) requirements. The AWP allows owners or ...


    By Trinity Consultants

  • Data Collection for Smart LDAR - Optical Imaging

    Abstract:  Use of infrared cameras to discover gaseous VOCs as part of a Fugitive Emissions Leak Detection And Repair (LDAR) regulatory compliance program is new to the chemical processing and oil ...


    By InspectionLogic Corporation

  • While Oil Prices are Down, Get Up on Compliance

    It’s no secret that the oil and gas industry has taken a hit lately, with per-barrel prices dipping to as low as $27. The saturated market and low prices have many companies putting a hold on drilling. While no one in our industry likes dipping oil prices, there are two things you can do to weather the storm until those prices take a (much welcomed) upward turn: Stay up to date on ...


  • New study sheds light on methane leakage from natural gas

    Natural gas wells represent a significant source of U.S. greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, as many of them leak methane, which is more than 20 times more potent than carbon dioxide. But while scientists know that ...

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