HY-BON/EDI Blog: Quad O Compliance and Vent Gas Management

May 8, 2015
Methane has been getting much bad press lately. Despite all of the bad things projected onto methane there are many aspects and uses of this natural gas making it valuable and important. Using methane as a fuel for electricity and heat generation and feedstock for U.S. chemical and refining processes has resulted in an unprecedented amount of abundance for much of the world today. Methane will continue to help power prosperity in the world for the foreseeable future. This blog topic discusses… Methane

May 1, 2015
EPA Air Enforcement  The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is the overall national environmental agency overseeing state air quality regulatory programs. In each state, the EPA can and does conduct inspections and undertakes enforcement actions for federal applicable air quality regulatory requirements. This is an ongoing duty of the EPA. With the growing complexity of air quality regulations, the EPA is using new technologies currently available to find and rectify compliance… EPA Air Enforcement and Natural Gas Leaks

Apr 24, 2015
VRU Routine Planned Preventative Maintenance Importance Routine planned preventative maintenance and servicing of vapor recovery (VRU) systems can help ensure maximum runtime for valuable VRU systems.  It can also be an important component for compliance with air permits and the NSPS OOOO rule. Using experienced, qualified service representatives to maintain a VRU adds value to the facility. The purpose of any maintenance routine is to reduce the chance of failure and in doing so increases r… Know the Importance of VRU Maintenance

Apr 15, 2015
NSPS OOOO (Quad O) compliance is important to all affected oil and gas producing operators. Operators wanting be ahead of the game will want to implement a NSPS OOOO compliance system. Below are 13 reasons to comply with NSPS OOOO and all air quality rules.    HY-BON servicing vapor recovery unit (VRU)   13 Reasons Complying with regulations can make your company money. Vapor recovery unit compressors (VRU) can be used for storage tank methane recovery and VOC recovery for injection in… 13 Reasons to Comply With NSPS OOOO NOW

Apr 8, 2015
ALERT: Quad O Group 1 Tank Emission Controls Compliance Date Group 1 storage vessels that emit 6 or more tpy VOC must reduce VOC emissions by 95.0% or greater by April 15, 2015.  This is a per storage tank emission limitation, but the 6 ton limitation includes any/all tanks that are manifolded together as one source, or “tank”.  Group 1 storage vessels are those constructed after August 23, 2011, and on or before April 12, 2013.  Control methods used include vapor recovery and vapor combust… Tips on Ways to Avoid and Comply with NSPS OOOO

Apr 2, 2015
Oil and gas operators are always in need of handy, desk top tools for quick air emission calculations. In response to this need, HY-BON offers, this valuable Excel spreadsheet for vent gas for free.  Field operations speak in terms of volume of gas in standard cubic feet (SCF) and environmental reporting wants mass amounts of air emissions. Conversion from volume of vent ed natural gas to mass is often needed by companies for internal communications and environmental reporting. Also, when sizin… HY-BON VOC Calculator Spreadsheet - Free Giveaway

Mar 27, 2015
Ten things to know about vapor recovery system selection for an oil and gas production facility’s vent gas include the following.          HY-BON VRUs powered by a natural gas engine and an electic motor.  1. Volume of gas to be recovered The gas to be recovered can be referred to as the suction gas to the VRU. This includes data on the cyclical flowrate of the suction gas (i.e., minimum, maximum and average flowrate). When possible, this is best determined using direct measurement.   2. C… Ten Things to Know for Vapor Recovery System Selection

Mar 20, 2015
Need reasons to reduce methane emissions now?  We are all focused on something. Focus on chasing down ways to further reduce methane emissions now.    Consider these reasons to reduce methane emissions:  Methane (a major component of natural gas) is product and capturing it and sending it to sales increases profits. Since methane is now a regulated greenhouse gas air pollutant, expect that one day state agencies or the federal government will assess fees on methane emissions based on an… 10 Reasons to Reduce Methane Emissions Now

Mar 11, 2015
In an email dated March 10, 2015, the TCEQ discussed its enforcement discretion regarding NSPS OOOO storage tanks.  This was in response to the December 31, 2014, NSPS OOOO rule change that revised the definition of storage vessels (tanks). The new NSPS OOOO rule includes in the definition of a storage the following: “Two or more storage vessels connected in parallel are considered equivalent to a single storage vessel with throughput equal to the total throughput of the storage vessels connec… Texas NSPS OOOO Storage Tanks in Parallel Compliance - Updated March 31, 2015

Mar 3, 2015
Beliefs are very strong and control our world. Some beliefs should be questioned with time to help ensure we are on the right track. Beliefs about vent gas from oil and gas production facilities is one area to question beliefs. Storage tanks storing crude oil, condensate and produced water can result in the following "non-beneficial" effects: Loss of hydrocarbon product Increase in air emissions Decreased profitability Additional environmental risks Less favorable public image Ve… Question Your Beliefs About Vent Gas