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How Digital Transformation Can Impact Compliance for Environmental and Safety Regulation

Marcio Donnangelo (l), Steve Probst, Marcelo Carugo (r)

Emerson’s Marcelo Carugo and Marcio Donnangelo teamed with 4C’s Steve Probst to share ways that companies can improve safety & environmental regulation compliance performance in their digital transformation initiatives. Their presentation focused on an overview of how Digital Transformation is eliminating layers of complexity to bring pre–interpreted field data directly to those who need to make decisions and act.

They highlighted some examples. The first is in environmental reporting which involves flow measurements which must be verified to be accurate. Discovery of an inaccurate measurement can be costly for operators as they may pay fines from the last date that they can prove accurate measurement. Meter verification tools make it simple and convenient to prove accuracy over time. Operators can be notified of problems immediately to avoid misreporting and allowing for immediate corrective action. Continue Reading

Flow Measurement Solutions for the Refinery Sector Rule Requirements

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) release a rule, 40 CFR Part 63 – National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants: Petroleum Refinery Sector, in 2015. Elements of the rule were reconsidered with a final rule made effective in February 2020.

For refiners, compliance means the monitoring, reporting, and control of flares. Measuring and reporting flow measurements are part of that requirement. At the 2020 4C Health, Safety, & Environmental conference here in Austin, Texas, Emerson’s Meha Jha joined another supplier to present in a Flares for Experts session. Her topic was Flare Flow Mass and Volume Measurement. Meha discussed flow measurement solutions used to comply to the Refinery Sector Rule requirements for flows other than flare vent gas.

The focus of Meha’s presentation was to help session participants understand the advantages and considerations for using different types of flow technologies for steam and purge or supplemental gas measurements. She noted that 40 CFR Part 63 Subpart CC at §63.670, §63.671 and Table 13 requirements for accuracy were relatively easy to meet. The challenge is the very high turndown ratio for the flow measurements, especially for steam as well as the biennial calibration required due to the expense of shutting down your flare systems every two years to inspect flow meters.

She compared the flow measurement choices for these applications: Continue Reading

Digital Transformation in Health, Safety & Environment

4C CEO Steve Probst kicked off the 4C HSE conference here in Austin, Texas with a look at how digital transformation initiatives are having an impact of driving health, safety and environmental improvements. Downstream hydrocarbon processors are driven to be among the top quartile of their peers to drive business performance.

Here’s a portion of the description of Steve’s keynote: Continue Reading

Reaching Our Sustainability Goals

In earlier posts I’ve highlighted the work of Emerson’s Dr. Ana Gonzalez Hernandez to help producers achieve their sustainability goals. Ana is since November last year a Sustainability and Decarbonization Manager in Emerson Corporate’s Advanced Design Center. In this new role, she helps shape Emerson’s own Sustainability and Decarbonization strategy and supports the development of solutions that enable customers to materialize their lower-carbon transitions.

Emerson has embraced sustainability as a business imperative and has recognised that we have a role to play in the global effort to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and to manage energy effectively. As part of the initial steps in our Sustainability Strategy, Emerson has set a goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions over the next decade. Emerson has committed to reducing GHG emissions by 20%, normalized to sales, across over 200 of our global manufacturing facilities by the year 2028. This target was developed in partnership with environmental experts to demonstrate progress toward reducing emissions while accounting for growth and changes across its dynamic global business.

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Cybersecurity and Operational Technology at ConnectedPlant

One of the conferences for the power and chemical processing industries is the ConnectedPlant conference. The focus is on the technologies and solutions focused on improving plant operations. Some of the technologies explored included artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, data analytics and advanced connectivity.

Emerson’s David Foose and Juan Panama will be joining panels next week to share their expertise at this February 25-27 conference in Atlanta, Georgia.

David will join a panel with panelists from the power, nuclear power and downstream hydrocarbons industries. Here is the description of their panel, Cyber and Physical Risk Mitigation Strategies for Operational Technology: Continue Reading