Turning flare gas waste into electricity and heat
While generally considered a waste byproduct, flare gas – the excess natural gas that is removed from refineries by burning it off in a gas flare – can actually be a valuable energy source when combined with lean-burn technology.
As the global concern for gas flaring grows, propelled by the World Bank’s Zero Routine Flaring by 2030 initiative, more and more players in the oil and gas sector will be investing in technologies that utilize the unburned fuel to further protect the environment whilst benefiting financially as well.
By combusting flare gas in highly efficient lean-burn gas generator sets, emissions from flare gases are reduced while valuable byproducts such as electricity and heat are generated for use in the facility, homes and businesses nearby.
Current regulations for gas flaring, the gas composition and advantages of utilizing flare gas through lean-burn engine technology are discussed in a new white paper written by Linda Nezerwe, a Cummins Sales Application Engineering Technical Specialist. Read the Utilizing Flare Gas To Generate Power For The Oil And Gas Sector paper and more white papers on cummins.com.