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FLARE SYSTEM DISCUSSION

Posted by Antony Thomas at Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Discussion Objectives
Define the need for plant flares
Describe the components of a typical flare system
Discuss the limitations and hazards associated with
operating flare systems
Discuss maintenance requirements of flare systems

Flare Systems - Purpose
A system of Process Safety Management (PSM) critical
mechanical equipment that gathers and safely burns
hydrocarbons from pressure-relieving and vapordepressurizing
systems
Must be continuously available
Must be reliable for years
Capable of performing through all operating-plant
emergency conditions, including a site-wide general power
failure or a weather event including a hurricane
Difficult to add equipment or modify because they are very
infrequently out of service as they serve many units that
are infrequently out of service.
(API 537 paragraph 4.1)

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