IPI Emphasizes Health And Safety In Use Of Flare Gas
Sumaira FH Published February 18, 2021 | 07:51 PM
Islamabad Policy Institute (IPI) on Thursday cautioned against compromising on health and safety while allowing flare gas consumable for commercial purposes and emphasized that it should not be used in the transport sector
ISLAMABAD, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 18th Feb, 2021 ) :Islamabad Policy Institute (IPI) on Thursday cautioned against compromising on health and safety while allowing flare gas consumable for commercial purposes and emphasized that it should not be used in the transport sector.
IPI's Energy Expert Dr Ilyas Fazil, while speaking at an in-house discussion on the various proposals for the use of flare gas, said that all health and safety requirements must be met before allowing the sale of the flare gas, said a news release issued here on Thursday.
Dr Fazil underscored that flare gas cannot be equated with natural gas for being technically very different from each other. He said Natural Gas is a naturally occurring hydrocarbon gas mixture consisting primarily (98% +) of Methane, but commonly including varying amounts of other higher alkanes, and sometimes a small percentage of carbon dioxide, nitrogen, hydrogen sulfide, or helium.
Flare Gas arises primarily from the Associated Gas from Oilfields and refers to gaseous hydrocarbon currently being flared and/or vented at oil and gas production and processing facilities mainly due to quality, technical, operational, and economic constraints.
Dr Fazil, in this regard, pointed to the Flared Gas Utilization Guidelines 2016; the Petroleum Concession Agreements between the oil field operators and the government; and the international practices.
The energy expert said the Regulator must have in its possession all relevant information � source of the flaring, the composition of the flare gas as well as the flare levels in tons per day - from the field operator before deciding any permissions.
He said that for approving use of flare gas for transportation, there must beprecedent of such usage elsewhere in the world and if that isn't there then we need to develop the process/technology, legislate, and create standards for sustaining itssafe and continued use.