The oil and gas industry is all too familiar with the recent ruling from the federal courts that require methane emissions to be protected against leaks from operations efforts. Specifically related to fracking operations, the ruling states that companies must find and fix leaks that could contribute to methane and VOC emissions. Mostly targeting new and modified sources of methane emissions, companies were expected to reduce hundreds of thousands of tons of toxins. While the political decision was somewhat unexpected, there are ways to help stay within regulations and still drive profits.
The ruling upheld a proposal that specifically required a few things from companies in the oil and gas industry. First, find and repair leaks. Capture natural gas from the completion of fracked oil wells, limit emissions from new and modified pneumatic pumps as well as from several types of equipment used at natural gas transmission compressor stations, including compressors and pneumatic controllers.
The compressor station angle makes sense. While gas is being transported through a pipeline, it must be constantly pressurized, similar to a pump. This unit is also responsible for liquid separation and filtering. Removing water, hydrocarbons, dirt and other impurities from the gas is a critical part of the process. Impurities must be removed before the gas can be sold. These important sites are also prime targets for methane escape into the atmosphere, so working on tank quality as well as the compression process can help companies not only stay in compliance with the ruling but not lose valuable product as well.
So let’s get started! Here at Komax we know a thing or two about proper mixing and separation. High quality equipment made with innovative designs to suit the needs of your area is only a consultation away!