Speaker: Jeff Lee Voorhis - HY-BON Engineering
Topic: Best Practices to Reduce Venting and Flaring with Economic Benefit
Date: Wednesday, April 18th 2018
Location: Brookhaven College Geological Institute, (Map)
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Existing and evolving regulatory requirements require oil and gas producers to reduce venting and flaring of natural gas from their operations. Regulatory agencies tightening venting and flaring emissions include Environment Canada, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (USEPA), U.S. Department of the interior, state/province environmental and oil and gas mining regulatory agencies. These rules seek to minimize the loss of natural resources and to reduce air pollution emissions. The air pollutants of concern include volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and the greenhouse gases methane and carbon dioxide. The source of the natural gas is primarily flash gas liberated from the storage of crude oil and condensate. The presentation discusses the drivers for reducing venting and flaring and gives a step by step approach to address EPA Compliance Alert from project identification to ultimate success in sending gas to a gathering or sales pipeline. The characteristics of storage tank vent gas are discussed. Steps include identifying project scope and emission standards, design data needs, best design practices, installation, commissioning and monitoring systems. The use of smart systems to measure and monitor system operation and the amount of gas recovered is included. Also covered is the design and use of vapor recovery towers (VRTs) to reduce the chance of oxygen entering the vapor recovery systems. Supplemental emission controls using vapor combustion units as backups to the vapor recovery system is also addressed. The presentation will also introduce new technologies used to automate the detection and reporting of leaks from open thief hatches used on storage tanks, No Heat Acoustic Crude Stabilization and Gas Measurement.
Jeffrey Lee Voorhis obtained the degree of Bachelor of Science in Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering from Kingsville Texas A & M University in 1983. In January 2012, Mr. Voorhis joined HY-BON ENGINEERING and has been using his oil and gas permit expertise to overcome regulatory barriers Mr. Voorhis is a registered professional engineer in the State of Texas and has 22 years of private sector engineering experience in the on shore/off shore petroleum industry. He has also served 22 years’ work for the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, (TCEQ) and Texas Railroad Commission (RRC) where he provided engineering and technical assistance on pollution prevention in the United States and Mexico. In these diverse functions, he has successfully provided technology to many pollution prevention and environmentally conscious projects, resulting in over 250 million dollars a year in savings.. He has many publications including preparation of Texas Pollution Prevention Assessment Manual and Case Studies of Source Reduction and Waste Minimization by Texas Industries. He has served on FOSTTA and many EPA committees. He is also was project leader for TSCA, PPIS, RCRA, Galveston Bay, and NICE3 grants. Mr. Voorhis is also a Registrar Accreditation Board Environmental Management Systems Lead Auditor for ISO 14000. He was the first certified EMS Lead Auditor in state service. Mr. Voorhis was named was TCEQ employee of the Year in Pollution Prevention in 2005.