Air Quality

Greenhouse Gas Management

Mitigation of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and response to regulations of these emissions is one of the most challenging and important issues to face the oil and gas industries in recent years. Sage helps clients navigate the field and ensure that they are doing what is necessary to keep this concerning pollutant in check. Sage's greenhouse gas services include:

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GHG EMISSION INVENTORY

Sage monitors and measures greenhouse gases from emission sources – usually combustion. Methodologies are usually performed by actual sampling or by calculations from accepted engineering sources. GHGs that may be inventoried include Carbon Dioxide, Methane, Nitrous Oxide, Sulfur Hexafluoride, Perfluorocarbons and Hydrofluorocarbons.

METHANE/VOC LEAK IDENTIFICATION AND SAMPLING

The identification process includes a methodology to identify leaks, usually from process equipment, of VOCs and/or methane as a way of determining fugitive emissions. A typical method includes a TVA analyzer or a wide spectrum IR camera to ascertain where the leaks may be occurring. We sample by using an analyzer to detect actual concentrations, usually in PPM, of fugitive emission leaks, using a PID to get concentration readouts.

BENCHMARKING ANALYSIS

Benchmarking is the process of comparing the cost, time or quality of what one organization does against what another organization does. The result is often a business case for making changes in order to make improvements. It is a process used in management, in which organizations evaluate various aspects of their processes in relation to best practices.

PROCESS OPTIMIZATION

For this service, we study and strategize around adjusting a process to optimize some specified set of parameters without violating a particular constraint. The most common goals are minimizing cost, maximizing throughput, and/or efficiency. In petrochemical terms, equipment is arranged, controlled, and operated in a particular way, to produce a product. The product must meet certain specifications, such as a certain production rate, product quality, and/or cost.

EMISSION REDUCTION AND ENERGY CONSERVATION STRATEGY

These services are plans or programs that use control equipment, operational strategies and management changes to reduce air emissions from stationary and mobile sources. Strategies can include scrubbers, recirculation equipment, increased monitoring and leak detection, reduced idle time, reformulated fuels and process optimization. Energy conservation is about reducing the use of electricity, water, and production of wastes in industrial, commercial and residential settings. Strategies may include energy efficient products, operational changes such as energy efficient lighting and heating/cooling units, education on pollution prevention, behavioral waste for water and electricity use, and retrofitting of equipment.

Sage Serves You

With the passage of the emission reduction bill in Congress, and the upcoming Federal rules for emission inventory, Sage can be your turn-key place to handle all your greenhouse gas needs. We have been monitoring, measuring and mitigating VOCS, HAPS and other chemical compounds for over 10 years. Now let us help you with these new and cumbersome requirements.

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