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Countdown to the First Wave of NSPS Quad O Compliance Deadlines

All affected facilities (i.e. petroleum storage vessels) that fall into Group II of the September 23, 2013 NSPS Quad O standards set forth by EPA are subject to rule 60.5395(d)(1) and must control VOC emissions to 95% and 6tpy or less by April 15, 2014! Facilities that were constructed, reconstructed, or modified after April 12, [...]

By |March 28th, 2014|Categories: Air Quality|0 Comments

How to “Right Size” a Vapor Recovery Unit

“Don’t Supersize it - Right Size It” In order to know how to properly size a vapor recovery unit, you must understand the compressor operational parameters. For starters, you need to understand what the suction pressure, discharge pressure and the total throughput the unit is expected to handle. Not sure you say? Typically, vapor recovery [...]

By |March 25th, 2014|Categories: Vapor Recovery|0 Comments

KS40 Vapor Recovery and Wellhead Compressor Units Stand Alone

We all know you have many decisions to make when it comes to choosing and buying a compressor that best fits your facilities, but look no further. OTA is proud of our patented KS40 compressor that is utilized for vapor recovery and wellhead compression, so let me explain why it’s the best. The KS40 is [...]

By |March 21st, 2014|Categories: Vapor Recovery, Wellhead Compression|0 Comments

Compressor Tech2: Vapor Recovery

Over the past three years or so, the EPA has progressed from asking producers and midstream companies to monitor VOC emissions to requiring them to recover 95% of VOC emissions if they exceed 6 tpy as found. Some companies decided to get ahead of the regulations, but many waited until the last minute in order [...]

By |March 20th, 2014|Categories: Vapor Recovery|0 Comments

Class I Division I vs. Class I Division 2: Explosion Proof

Put simply, it is the difference in a unit being explosion proof and one that is not. What does explosion proof mean To understand what is meant by explosion proof, we must first look at the context of the terms and the organization that defines them. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) wrote the standards [...]

By |March 15th, 2014|Categories: Material Standards|0 Comments

New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) How do these standards affect the oil and gas industry?

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recently updated their New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) for reducing greenhouse gas emissions as it pertains to the oil and gas sector, specifically storage vessels. These standards became effective on September 23, 2013 when EPA published the Final Amendment in the Federal Register under 40 CFR Part [...]

By |March 12th, 2014|Categories: Air Quality|0 Comments

Why should sampling produced water be apart of your air emissions reporting strategy?

Hydrocarbon vapor is more commonly found in produced water than one might think, especially when a new well comes online. When a new well flows to the separator for the first time, the operator will spend many days dialing in the operational settings to achieve optimum separation. Until that is accomplished, an abnormal volume of [...]

By |March 5th, 2014|Categories: Air Quality|0 Comments