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  • Reducing volatile organic emissions for compliance, safety and profit


    Perry A. Fischer and Larry Richards

    Volatile Organic Compounds, or VOCs, are ubiquitous in the oil industry. Whether from associated gas, some part of the gathering or processing facility, or from storage, the gas is typically wet, low pressure and is often vented or flared in facilities across the globe. Over the past three years, several major technology advances have increased the ability to identify and remedy these gas streams, collectively known as LDAR (Leak Detection And Repair). This has made environmental monitoring and compliance much easier. Equally important, with gas prices ranging between $7 and $10 per Mcf, capturing this gas makes good economic sense. By far the most striking of these new technologies is the invention of a camera that allows oil and gas companies, for the first time, to actually see these leaking gas streams, something that previously was only captured by equations and imagination.

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