April 21, 2012 @ 9:44 AM

The petrochemical industry is going through a drastic change right now. The drastic change has to do with new technology and natural gas extraction.

There is a new revolutionary process of extracting natural gas, and this extraction process is driving the prices down on the common feedstock for much of the petrochemical industry. Meanwhile, it is absorbing much of the industry’s resources for commissioning new and maintaining existing pipelines for transporting natural gas to either storage facilities or for directing it to petrochemical plants.  The resources that are being depleted from the industry include an implement that is commonly an afterthought in the big picture of pipeline maintenance: the need for a temporary blow ...

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March 21, 2012 @ 1:31 PM

   Flare tip in need of repair

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refurbished tips come with a
three year warranty with an F&S install.

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Flare tip refurbishment in the oil and gas industry is an important facet to petrochemical operations, both on land and offshore. The procedure for executing flare tip changeout can be a smooth process. It is a system by which a petrochemical company can keep their flare tips burning hot, while reducing downtime...

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March 14, 2012 @ 9:54 AM

Flare System Manufacturer of Custom Flare DesignThe two main classifications for flare design are the ground flare and the elevated flare. As Flares & Stacks, Inc. focuses on elevated flares as their field of expertise, here we will address the procedure that goes into the fabrication of an elevated flare system.

All elements that will affect the selection of flare type must be considered. Here are some main factors:

Type and Volume

The quantity, pressure, and chemical makeup of the gas to be flared are the primary factors that the flare system manufacturer needs to know. This will determine the size in diameter of the elevated flare, the preferred height, and whether there might be an advantage to the client for the flare system manufacturer to add a steam or an air ...

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March 7, 2012 @ 10:15 PM

Flare systems specialists that are worth hiring should be able to offer flare rental whereby petrochemical companies experiencing combustion equipment failure can utilize temporary flare systems while the primary equipment undergoes repair. This drastically cuts the time necessary for production to be offline. But even more exciting is to find a flare stack specialist with the ability to offer flare stack rental for free.

How is it possible to offer the use of equipment for free?  There is, in fact, only one means by which this can be done. To offer equipment rental for free requires that the combustion equipment service is in possession of an extensive inventory of flare system equipment. The variety of components must be so ...

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February 28, 2012 @ 4:35 PM

Any complete flare maintenance program will always include an inspection of the guy wires.  While thorough guy wire inspection used to be a difficult task, cutting-edge proprietary technology has made it easy to inspect both the outer and inner core strands of guy wire cables, and to infuse the cabling with lubricant, with all personnel safely on the ground.

How flare stack guy wire inspection works.

The proprietary technology used by Flares & Stacks, Inc. to inspect guy wire cables, from inner core to outer strands, and all along the length from where the cable attaches to the ground to where it ends hundreds of feet up in the air, is a guarded secret. However, there are principles being employed that are known in the ...

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February 21, 2012 @ 12:09 AM

There are many varieties of flare systems in the petrochemical combustion equipment universe, but all share common ground when it comes to the fundamentals of a comprehensive flare maintenance service. All combustion equipment should be monitored through a preventative maintenance program. But even further, it is likewise important to have in place a flare system preparedness program so it can be quickly brought back online in the event of natural catastrophe or sudden failure.

Combustion Equipment Preventative Maintenance

Preventative maintenance for flares and stacks must be tailored to the individual flare and its components. Flares & Stacks, Inc. identifies four major elements to an effective prevention maintenance ...

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February 14, 2012 @ 8:20 PM

How do experts inspect equipment that is 600 feet in the air, continually burning hydrocarbon waste by-products at high temperatures, and acquire close-up views of all the components while the system remains in constant operation?

The cutting edge technology for doing refinery flare inspections is accomplished by none other than an unmanned aerial rotorcraft. Equipped with a high resolution camera, it takes incredibly clear and detailed images of the refinery flare while it remains in operation.

The rotorcraft and camera equipment is operated from the ground by the combustion equipment inspection crew. The imagery they produce with their high-flying drone provides a visual inspection that lives up to the technical requirements ...

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February 7, 2012 @ 4:32 PM

There are two new US refineries in process of approval right now. One is in South Dakota and one is in Arizona. While many people like to speculate on the possible political reasons why it has been 30 years since an oil refinery has been built in the US, the fundamental fact is that it is more cost-efficient for a petroleum company to expand its existing refineries than to invest in the development of a new plant. There are obvious reasons why this is true, and there are ramifications that should be addressed concerning it.

Expanding an existing refinery allows the petroleum company to take full advantage of an existing infrastructure.  Adding additional equipment to an existing refinery process is half the task of fabricating ...

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January 28, 2012 @ 12:45 PM

Recent advancements in petrochemical flare technology have produced a whole host of flare tip design types, allowing for complete application customization in combustion equipment. Whatever the circumstance, whether the flare is needed for a refinery, offshore drilling rig, and whether the application happens to be regarding oil or natural gas, there is a flare system perfect for the job at hand.

It is important to not only install the correct gas flare system, but it is important to maintain it through a company expert in gas flare system maintenance and flare tip rebuild procedures. Flares & Stacks, Inc. Is expert in all manner of gas flare system configurations.

A Variety of Flare Tip Configurations

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January 21, 2012 @ 1:36 PM

Petrochemical flare systems are the systems that incinerate waste gasses to prevent those gasses from entering into our atmosphere. Designing and constructing a flare system that will do this job safely and efficiently is the task of  the Flares & Stacks, Inc. petrochemical engineers. Here are some of the critical factors that Flares & Stacks, Inc.  must take into account when designing a flare system, and the data they must collect prior to flare stack construction.

Flare systems design factors

It is important to first define exactly what waste gasses are expected to be burned. It is important to ascertain the amount, flow rate, temperature, and if it is anticipated that there may be variable compositions of ...

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