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By Scot Smith, Nigel Palfreeman, and Greg Seefeldt, Zeeco, and Mazen Mashour, Saudi Aramco on July 9, 2013

Zeeco’s own Scot Smith, Nigel Palfreeman, and Greg Seefeldt, in collaboration with Mazen Mashour, Saudi Aramco, discuss ways to mitigate the impact continuous flaring.

Flares are an important safety feature of most oil and gas producing and processing facilities, providing a safe and effective means for burning waste gases during a plant emergency. These emergency conditions often coincide with power outages, loss of steam, fire in the plant, or a variety of other scenarios. Flare are also used to safely burn any continuous relief cases that can result from ongoing processes, control valve leakage, purge, etc. In recent years, local governments, air quality agencies, and end users have pushed to reduce the amount of continuous flaring. These particular flaring cases are often viewed as wasteful, polluting, and potentially hazardous to humans. This article will elaborate on several different methods for reducing and/or mitigating the impact of continuous flaring as part of a flare impact mitigation plan (FIMP).

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