Oil Production is relatively complex. In the multi-step process of producing oil, manufacturers should make the most out of any by-products. While some are toxic and need processing, others have alternate uses. Burning waste gas is wasteful since flare gas can serve as an energy source. Frequent flaring can be wasteful and often translates into the loss of hundreds of dollars. Worry not because this guide covers everything you should know about flare gas recovery solutions.
Flue gas is a mixture of hot gases produced by combustion and includes CO2, H2O, CO, SO2, NOx and other pollutants. Flue gas can be used to generate electricity or heat. In some cases, it can be captured from industrial processes and recycled as a source of energy for the process itself.
The process of flare capturing involves using the flue gases from industrial furnaces for energy generation instead of letting them escape into the atmosphere, where they contribute to global warming and harm human health by polluting our air (exhaust from vehicles). The flue gas contains significant amounts of heat, which can be recovered by turning it into steam that drives turbines that produce electricity or run pumps that generate groundwater irrigation systems.
Enclosed combustion systems are systems in which the flue gas is not vented into the atmosphere. In these enclosures, the flue gases can be used for a variety of purposes, including:
- Heating water or space heating
- Generating electricity by burning the fuel in a generator that produces power for homes and businesses. This is called cogeneration, and it usually requires additional equipment, such as boilers and steam turbines, to produce sufficient heat to power generators while meeting all other demands on gasoline engines, such as those found in cars or planes.
Liquid-sealed flare stack with a recovery pump
Flare gas is the most valuable resource in an oil field. It is composed of methane, ethane and propane, which are all valuable products. The flare can be used to power generators onsite as well as sold for profit. By recovering the flare gas through a closed vent system and liquid-sealed flare stack with a recovery pump, you can reduce emissions by up to 98%, reduce flaring by up to 90% and increase your bottom line by up to 50%. This recovery solution also provides an additional safety feature that reduces the risk of fire or explosion due to external conditions, such as lightning strikes that could ignite escaping gases from open flaring stacks.
Frequent Flaring Wastes Gas
Waste gas is a by-product of the oil and gas production process. It is a mixture of nitrogen, carbon dioxide, hydrogen sulfide, and other gases that are generated when oil and natural gas are extracted from the ground. Waste gas can be captured and converted into useful energy through flare gas recovery solutions in the market.
Benefits of Capturing Flare Gas
Capturing and using flare gas is a win-win situation for all parties involved. When you capture your flare gas, it reduces the amount of flaring and greenhouse gas emissions, which in turn reduces the costs of operation and increases safety and reliability.
In addition to these benefits, capturing your flare gas also improves plant efficiency. The higher the efficiency rate of an oil field, the lower its operating costs will be due to reduced steam usage in various processes used during production. Additionally, an increase in plant efficiency will increase profitability by reducing the overall cost per barrel produced (assuming no change in output).
However, if you have plans to construct new infrastructure (such as pipelines), then this may not be feasible due to high installation costs compared with other methods, such as compression stations or LNG facilities that are already operational at some locations where there are limited space available onshore sites such as offshore platforms.