Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) Emissions

The use of produced gas as instrument air can contribute to the onsite production/emission of volatile organic compounds (VOCs). For example, glycol leaking from diaphragm pumps can bleed into the lines that bring methane instrument air to the flare, and converts to formaldehyde when exposed to high temperatures of the flare.

By using compressed air instead of gas for instrument air, that portion of the well can be disconnected from the flare, eliminating VOC production from flaring and reducing flaring overall.