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Environment and Safety: Gas flaring: Necessary, or a waste of resources and a source of greenhouse gases?

Flaring is the controlled burning of hydrocarbons at oil refineries, gas processing plants and petrochemical plants.

Rastogi, A., Fluor Daniel India Pvt. Ltd.

Flaring is the controlled burning of hydrocarbons at oil refineries, gas processing plants and petrochemical plants. It is required for plant safety by burning all reliefs of the plant in emergency condition—this is called “safety flaring.” However, many upstream and downstream facilities use flaring to destroy unwanted gases produced along with the main product—such flaring is called “routine flaring.” Typical examples are oil refineries and petrochemical plants (FIG. 1), gas processing plants and crude oil production facilities. Both of these methods of flaring involve the waste of natural resources and produce harmful emissions to the environment. FIG. 1

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