Flares are safety and environmental devices designed to safely burn off excess gas from chemical plants or refineries. At the March 2016 meeting, one of the DPCAC plants explained the following and provided the attached diagrams of equipment from which gases may be routed to a flare. A flare is a safe and environmentally friendly alternative to sending excess gas to the atmosphere. It works similar to burning natural gas on a stove top. Flares are designed with a pilot device that ignites the gas exiting the system to ensure the hydrocarbons/chemicals are safely combusted into carbon dioxide and water vapor before entering the atmosphere. Flare pilots stay lit (similar to water heaters) at all times. Size and brightness of the flame depends on the amount of gas going to the flare. Flares are used primarily in two situations: Emergency – process flow is interrupted by an emergency (equipment or power outage), the excess gas goes to a flare. Startup/Shutdown - flares help the plants safely manage the wide range of gas production that can occur.
Jan. 25- Feb. 22- Mar. 28- Apr. 25
May 23 - No June or July - Aug. 22- Sept. 26 - Oct. 24 - Nov. 28
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