Maximize Use of your Existing Flare Structures

Due to the design vintage of many petroleum refineries and petrochemical plants, existing pressure relief and flare systems may be overloaded because of:

  • Prior unit expansions / upgrades have increased the load on the flare for combined flaring scenarios beyond the original design intentions
  • The desire to connect atmospheric relief valves to the flare for environmental and safety consideration and to eliminate blow down drums
  • The addition of new process units that need access to flaring capacity

As a result, many petroleum companies are engaged in comprehensive flare systems evaluation and upgrading projects to ensure continuing safe operations, to MAXIMIZE the use of their exiting flare systems, and to MINIMIZE the need for modifying existing flare structures or building new ones. Achieving these goals presents several engineering challenges.

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