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

Jun 8, 2015
IQR - Identify, Quantify, Rectify HY-BON uses its IQR Survey as the method to Identify, Quantify and Rectify leaks from venting, flaring and fugitive leaks of natural gas at oil and gas production facilities. The venting sources include storage tanks, glycol dehydrators and facility blowdown vents.  Fugitive leaks include leaks from valves, flanges, connections, seals and pressure relief devices – with the focus being on tank hatches and tank relieve valves. IQR surveys can be used for volatile… Identify, Quantify and Rectify Vent Gas to Stay in Compliance

May 20, 2015
The mandate to reduce oil and gas facility flaring, venting and leaking of natural gas (due to VOC and methane content) is expanding every year. Regulatory initiatives have focused on prescriptive command and control regulations for newer sources. Voluntary efforts are focused on existing emission sources. Recent news reports and initiatives indicate a push for even more restrictions on oil and gas emissions. Image from EPA Enforcement page regarding EPA focus on reducing flaring from industr… EPA Next Generation Compliance - React or Respond?

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