Doing a rebuild of components with wear has long been a prudent cost-saving and environmentally smart measure for all sorts of equipment in all sorts of industries. The same is true in the field of combustion equipment for the oil and gas industry.
In the combustion equipment world, the flare tip is a standard combustion part that has to be either replaced or refurbished frequently. Flare tip equipment rebuilds are an industry standard because a rebuilt flare tip comes with a warranty. Since it is further becoming standard to have backup tips on hand at all times, rebuilt flare tips are becoming a more and more important option.
Keeping a spare for each and every gas flare tip is a critical preventative measure. If there comes the situation of an emergency shutdown, all long lead time equipment, which includes flare tips, must be at the ready. The average turnaround for a flare tip rebuild is about 7 days. Flare tip rebuilds usually cost far less than the typical cost of a new tip and this option can save the company as much as 75 percent. In the event that plant engineers decide to invest in the purchase of a new tip, rebuilding the worn tip is also a financially worthy pursuit with the aim of storing it as the backup. But many of the men and women who are responsible on-site for petrochemical combustion processes also make it a practice to rebuild flare tips whenever possible. Removing the necessity for having to purchase a new tip saves important resources and the end result is a component that meets or even exceeds industry standards.
The first step in a flare tip rebuild is a top-to-bottom intensive inspection. An inspection involves several processes. Getting a UT reading dictates the quality of the reusable materials of the flare tip. Dye penetration tests for surface fissure defects in the metal. The inspection of all welds is vital as is thoroughly sand blasting the equipment is to achieve an unimpeded visual inspection of all component parts. Once the evaluation of the damage has been determined then a comprehensive report of all observations with the corresponding photos of the flare tip is sent to the plant engineers for their consideration. When it is determined that a flare tip is a good candidate for a rebuild then the method for rebuilding the flare tip follows the original manufacturers directions right down to the molecular seals.
Rebuilt flare tips are truly a common sense approach to maintaining a combustion system. It remains friendly to the atmosphere to sustain flare tips by giving them new life, and they are just as efficient at doing their work as would a new gas flare tip.
Flares and Stacks offer gas flare tip rebuilds, bringing flare tips back to manufacturers specs at a minimum. All F&S rebuilds come with the industry-standard best warranty policy of 36 months on all repairs.
F&S flare tips and molecular seal rebuilds are always built to meet or exceed the manufactures standards. To learn more about our flare tip rebuild services, call