Flare Emissions Reduction Study

Diminish a refinery’s environmental impact.

Operations Analysis

The Task:
Develop and prepare a flare reduction plan to support a Middle Eastern oil company’s commitment to environmental management.

The Client:
The Safer Exploration Production and Operations Company (SEPOC) is a Yemen state-owned company producing an average of 43,000 barrels of oil per day from existing fields. (www.sepocye.com)

The Challenge:
No flare operating procedures were in place to monitor or regulate flare activity.  PGL needed to complete an inventory of SEPOC’s flare emissions associated with their production facilities and develop guidelines and recommendations to help reduce flare emissions and minimize the impact of operations on the environment.  Our study needed to be used to effect cultural change in the workforce to improve awareness and responsibility with respect to flare activity.  Our study needed to also provide direction and resources to all aspects of environmental management.

The Solution:
PGL’s flare reduction study included:

  • Reviewing existing operations to identify opportunities to reduce or eliminate flaring
  • Documenting performance requirements for flare stacks
  • Recommending operational procedures and process modifications to reduce flaring and associated emissions
  • Developing flare measurement and documentation requirements for ongoing monitoring.

The Result:
PGL assessed current operating procedures and identified opportunities to reduce flare frequency and magnitude. Based on this evaluation, recommendations were developed to reduce flare events and minimize impacts to air quality.