Improving Refinery Emissions Management

by , | Sep 2, 2020 | Downstream Hydrocarbons

Jim Cahill

Chief Blogger, Editor

Controlling refinery emissionsControlling emissions is one of the great challenges for the energy-intensive refining industry. However, it is imperative because meeting increasing environmental regulations globally is a key concern.

In a Refiner’s Guide to Digital Transformation and Top Quartile Performance article, Control emissions to meet changing regulations, Emerson’s Ed Schodowski highlights ways technology can help minimize emissions while driving lower energy costs and reducing exposure to regulatory fines.

Ed notes that:

…top performers in the industry who strategically invest in their energy and emissions performance can achieve a competitive advantage with lower energy costs and less risk of fines. And those fines can be hefty.

He cites an example where refiners can develop:

…a strong flare management plan by employing wireless pressure relief valves (PRV) monitoring solutions that can quickly identify the source of release in your flare system, as well as deliver information needed for compliance.

Also for the flare system:

…efficient gas analyzer technologies that add a fast, 1-minute BTU measurement for precise control of flares, enable refineries to easily comply with new regulations that tighten monitoring frequency of flare vent gas components.

Read the article for more examples on ways to continuously monitor vent valves and pressure relief valves to help meet environmental regulations and protect your people, community and reputation.

Visit the Refiner’s Guide to Digital Transformation and Top Quartile Performance section on Emerson.com to download the full guide and for other articles on ways to drive improved operational performance. You can also connect and interact with other refining industry experts in the Refining group in the Emerson Exchange 365 community.

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