SAYS 18 ULTRASONIC FLARE GAS METERS INSTALLATION SUCCESSFUL

By Vincess Okushi

Fluenta Technology says Dangote Refinery which is the world’s largest single-train refinery, is capable of refining 650,000 barrels of oil per day, enough to meet Nigeria’s daily fuel supply requirements, as it currently has a daily surplus of 38m liters of refined products earmarked for export in less than four months of operation.

Part of this giant stride is the installation of 18 ultrasonic flare gas meters on large pipelines aiming to end the import of refined petroleum products to meet the daily fuel supply requirements in Nigeria.

A statement by Fluenta Technology on Thursday 28th, 2023 revealed that the Dangote Refinery stands at the vanguard of Africa’s moves towards energy self-sufficiency thereby providing the tools needed to reduce its emissions and flaring in a controlled burning or combustion of excess or waste gases that cannot be processed or captured for productive use to ensure environmental safety practice.

According to the statement, it will enable the petroleum industry to prevent the release of potentially harmful or combustible gases into the atmosphere.

Aimed at complying with the Nigerian authorities in the control and regulation of flaring gas, as it seeks routine flaring elimination in years ahead.

Speaking on the challenges of accurate measurement witnessed by petroleum companies, it noted that Flare measurement in a refinery is essential, adding that compliance with regulatory and environmental law will enhance accurate emissions monitoring.

Fluenta spent more than four months working with its exclusive Nigerian representative, Daptem Engineering, and the Dangote project team to deliver a workable, accurate, and reliable flare measurement solution.

Whilst it’s not unusual to have high levels of customization associated with such installations, the wide variety and sizes of pipelines, which ranged from 18” to 90” diameters presented a unique engineering challenge. Larger pipelines make it difficult to measure accurately as the acoustic pulse has further travel which could weaken it and lead to less accurate readings.

In addition, flared gas expelled through these pipelines is high in CO2, a particularly difficult gas to measure using ultrasonic technology.

The team implemented a multitude of innovative, bespoke solutions, each considered on a case-by-case basis, to ensure the accuracy of the system.

Under current Nigerian law, companies refining oil and gas must pay a ‘tax’ for flared gas, to encourage an overall reduction in flaring, underlining the importance of Fluenta’s accurate, trustworthy flare measurement and management.

Flare gas measurement and control is vital to ensure compliance with environmental regulations and to help identify potential safety hazards. This is especially true at a plant on this never-before-seen scale and with the world’s largest flare pipe.

Delivering this solution meant some close work with our local partner and the client project team, and we are delighted with the result – which will support bringing energy security to Nigeria and the wider African region. Our team used a range of state-of-the-art technology, adapted meter software, and special pipe gaskets and ball valves to deliver the pipe flare gas measurement solution. Said Radek Kurkowski, Fluenta’s director

Fluenta is a global leader in ultrasonic sensing technology for the measurement of flare gas reduction.

It’s a testament to the power of innovation, creative teamwork, and a desire to always meet the client’s needs.

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