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FSA Responds to “Regulations Respecting Reduction in the Release of Methane and Certain Volatile Organic Compounds”

Regulations Respecting Reduction in the Release of Methane and Certain Volatile Organic Compounds (Upstream Oil and Gas Sector,) Canada Gazette, Part I, Vol 151, No 21; May 27th publication

 Fluid Sealing Association Response:

On behalf of The Fluid Sealing Association, an organization comprised of sealing device technology manufacturers who make devices used to contain fluids and air emissions to prevent harmful, toxic, or otherwise dangerous products escaping into the environment. FSA’s technologies are used in every aspect of oil and gas production, gathering, boosting, processing, transmission and storage, and generally in all industrial activity around the world. These devices are often overlooked and their function is not generally well known or understood, yet they fulfill an essential role in support of our customers in the oil & gas sector to maintain a clean environment, insure safety, and prevent product waste, while allowing industrial growth and profitability.

FSA members manufacture the following products that we believe will be helpful in achieving the goals to significantly reduce methane emission from the oil and gas industry.

  • Mechanical Seals which are used to seal rotating shafts as they enter the housing of a centrifugal compressor. The seals prevent gases from escaping in the space where there is relative motion between the shaft and the housing. Various mechanical seal technologies are used, dry gas seals or wet oil seals with significantly different emission characteristics.
  • Gaskets are used to provide a static seal between two stationary components. They are used on flanges that connect piping, valves, compressors, pneumatic driven pumps, instrumentation, and many other types of equipment. Due to the high number of flanges and equipment connections subject to the thermal and mechanical stresses associated with centrifugal and reciprocating compressors, the proper use of high performance gaskets can significantly contribute to reduced fugitive emission levels.
  • Compression Packing is most commonly made of braided fibers, and is used to seal valve stems and shafts of reciprocating compressors. Valves have been identified as a major contributor to emissions, primarily due to their extremely high usage. Modern fibers and construction methods allow sealing at extremely low emission levels.
  • Expansion Joints for Piping are used to provide a flexible connection between pipes and their joining to other equipment. The expansion joints are typically bolted to flanges of piping or other process equipment. The use of expansion joints can reduce the number of piping connections, eliminate stress on a pipe that can create leaks in bolted joints, and reduce stress on rotating equipment that could affect seal or bearing wear, thereby significantly contributing to the reduction of emissions in piping systems.

To read more, click here FSA Comments_Canada Gazette Part I 72617.

Emissions Valve Packing Technology Evolves to Reduce Methane Leaks

Methane (CH4) is the second largest source of greenhouse gas emitted in the US. In 2013, CH4 accounted for about 10 percent of all US greenhouse gas emissions from human activities. Methane’s half-life in the atmosphere is much shorter than that of carbon dioxide (CO2); however, it is significantly more efficient at trapping radiation. Pound for pound, the comparative impact of CH4 on climate change is 25 times greater than that of CO2 during a 100-year period.

One area responsible for contributing to the increase in CH4 is leaking equipment in the oil and gas sector.  A major contributor to this leakage is valves that leak CH4 and sub-derivatives called volatile organic compounds (VOC) from the gland.

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FSA’s Chris Swonger to Present Overview of Methane Mitigation Factor

FSA’s Chris Swonger will join industry leaders and labor and environmental experts to give an overview of the methane mitigation sector—an emerging U.S. industry focused on reducing emissions of methane from the oil and gas sector. Proven, cost-effective solutions already exist to minimize methane emissions—many of them made by American companies. A greater industry focus on curbing methane emissions will boost this U.S. manufacturing sector and drive the creation of good-paying manufacturing and construction jobs.

This discussion will also offer attendees an overview of the methane problem and how the U.S. methane mitigation industry works to combat it, as well as how doing so provides economic benefits to the communities they work in.

Presenters:

Allison Lami, CEO, Rebellion Photonics

Brad Markell, Executive Director, AFL-CIO Industrial Union Council

Chris Swonger, SVP of Government Relations, John Crane

Sean Wright, Senior Analyst, Environmental Defense Fund

Date/Location:

Monday, April 13   ·   2:00PM – 3:15PM, Washington, DC – Washington Hilton Hotel

http://www.greenjobsconference.org/

EDF’s report on the methane mitigation sector: http://edf.org/methanejobs

 

 

FSA Engages EPA on Attributes of Sealing Device Technology

The FSA recently wrote and advised the EPA Administrator, Gina McCarthy, concerning efforts to contain and reduce methane emissions from the oil and gas sector. Containing methane leaks is necessary to address climate change challenges. Members of the FSA are committed to working with their oil and gas customers to offer the “best-in-class” sealing device technologies available. FSA members play a prominent role in preventing leaks and emissions while increasing energy efficiency in the oil and gas sector. Read their letter FSA Methane Letter to EPA 102714.