Assisting flaring: steam vs air

During the production of oil and natural gas, excess gas is often flared for safety reasons. An efficiently burning flare does not produce visible smoke. However when incomplete combustion occurs black smoke can be produced – caused by wind, water, impurities in the fuel or poor mixing with air. The effects of black smoke During…

Flaring types: elevated vs ground

The flame at the top of an oil rig is an iconic image for the oil and gas industry. During the production of oil and natural gas, excess gas is burned for safety reasons in these elevated flare stacks. However, ground flares offer a less intrusive alternative. Staying grounded There are two types of ground…

The Petrochemicals industry: breaking down BTX

While primarily used as energy sources, fossil fuels are often distilled and refined into different substances. These chemicals are then used in the production of everything from plastics to detergents. Benzene, Toluene and Xylene (BTX) make up a mixture commonly used in the petrochemicals industry. BTX is essential for extracting and creating in demand products…