PREPARATION FOR FUGITIVE EMISSIONS RULINGS 2011: STRATEGIES FOR COMPLIANCE
This paper provides insight into possible regulator targeted emitters and their compliance and possible regulatory monitoring, surveillance or auditing of fugitive emissions. Examples will be provided of a range of strategies to meet new fugitive emissions rulings that may be applied in 2011 including: wait and see with no capital out lay, no solutions and high exposure; low capital out lay, few solutions, lower exposure and some return; higher capital out lay, solutions, minimized exposure, and higher return on investment. Information on STAR, LDAR, and SMART LDAR programs will be discussed. An example of a thermography program will be given, a description of methods used to find gas vents or losses, a description of methods used to quantify losses, a description of equipment and methods used to compile the data, analyze the costs and pay-out, and describes the programs part of a team effort to reduce fugitive emissions. This paper shows how a thermography program can add to the bottom line by reducing fugitive emissions, add detailed information on a compressor fleet, add insight into often overlooked compressor fuel efficiency and exhaust emissions and, most importantly, increase compliance. The presentation uses examples of actual leak analysis reports with videos of fugitive gas emissions.