Down time is critical time when a flare goes offline. To appreciate how severely critical it is, you must understand the function of flare systems to the overall operation of refineries and chemical plants. A flare stack is the pressure release system for gasses and liquids being processed by a petrochemical plant or refinery. The flare system is designed to burn off these chemicals to ensure compliance with state and federal regulations for protecting the atmosphere. When a flare stack goes down it means that a pressure release system is down, and that compromises the whole plant.
Conditions that cause a flare to go offline, of course, can be anything from windstorm damage to component failure. Many petrochemical plants are located in places where hurricanes are common, and it is important that an emergency plan be in place to get a flare functioning after any potential failure for any reason.
Flares generally have unique configurations, and flare systems are not made of cookie-cutter equipment. They are designed to address the specific chemicals and pressures being released through them. This is one of the greatest challenges to the flare stack service industry, meaning that temporary flare rental equipment must be tailored to meet individual flare stack needs.
In other words, when a flare system goes down, the plant should have in place a temporary replacement procedure in advance of a potential failure. And it should be with a company that possesses the range and variety of components that includes all the specific elements needed for the replacement of that particular flare system.
Flare rental systems equipment often include the need of a flame verification system, auto relight pilots, FFA warning lights (when applicable), and smokeless operation systems, which might be either steam or air.
Temporary flare equipment is intended to keep the unit up and running while the permanent structure is repaired to its full operating potential, and so that it is restored to full compliance with state and federal regulations.
Flares And Stacks now offers free rental flares, available under most circumstances. The F&S rental fleet exceeds in both size and quality to all other fleets in the world. The fleet includes temporary flares ranging in size and abilities from the average utility pipeline vent flare of approximately 4 inches and 20 feet in height to an incredible 48 inch monster towering up to 400 feet. To complete your temporary flare system, F&S also offers header piping, utility piping, knock-out drums, and liquid seals. All equipment meets or exceeds all federal and state regulations that are applicable to any and all situations.
The F&S temporary equipment team is available 24 hours a day. We want to be there to assist your plant or refinery.