(September 29, 2015) – FSA Technical Director, Henri Azibert, offered testimony today in Pittsburgh, PA, at the Public Oil and Gas Hearings on Emission Standards for New and Modified Sources.
“The Fluid Sealing Association is an organization comprised of sealing device technology manufacturers who make devices used to contain fluids and 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 and refining, and generally in all industrial activity around the world. These devices are often overlooked and their function is not 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 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.”
The criteria for expansion joint selection for fluid piping applications focuses on the expansion joint’s quality, durability and capabilities. To ensure that the rubber expansion joint’s installation provides optimal service life, operators and maintenance personnel must consider specific conditions and take a systematic approach. Piping systems require some degree of flexibility. Inadequate flexibility can lead to a catastrophic, potentially life-threatening system failure, making flexibility an important consideration when selecting an expansion joint.
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.
One of the oldest sealing devices, compression packing is still very common in modern industries such as oil and gas, petrochemical, agriculture, pulp and paper, power generation, and mining. Compression packing is made from a range of soft and pliable fibrous yarn materials – from vegetable and animal fiber to many high-performance synthetic fibers. Most compression packing is formed by braiding fibrous materials such as carbon, PTFE, graphite, aramid and acrylic yarns. Each braid structure – round, square or braid over braid – is unique and intended for specific performance.