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Understanding New EPA Rules in the Oil and Gas Industry

Posted by Horacio Salinas, Jr. on 1/11/21 8:00 AM

In December 2020, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published its final version of the updated Fuels Regulatory Streamlining rule, which takes effect in January 2022. Not meeting the new and current EPA regulations can result in hefty fines, as well as damage to the environmental and plant personnel. Protect your processes and prevent these costly risks with representative sampling.

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Topics: Downstream, Upstream & Midstream, Liquid & Slurry, Gas

Ensure Safety and Accuracy with Low-E Sampling Systems

Posted by Horacio Salinas, Jr. on 5/4/20 8:00 AM

Petrochemical and refinery plants can eliminate sample imprecision by transitioning to a low-emission (low-e) closed loop sampling system. But choosing from the many types of low-e systems can be overwhelming. These guidelines will help you select the right low-e system for your process to establish a successful sampling program that will ensure operator safety and sample accuracy.

In the petrochemical and refinery industries, it’s critical that operations run safely and efficiently with controlled, real-time data. Plants can eliminate data imprecision by transitioning to a low-emission (low-e) closed loop gas and liquid sampling system. These systems are simple, safe and accurate ways to manage representative sampling in your plant.

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Topics: Downstream, Liquid & Slurry, Gas

Hydrofluric Alkylation Sampling: What You Need to Know

Posted by Horacio Salinas, Jr. on 3/23/20 8:00 AM

Hydroflouric acid (HF) is one of the most dangerous acids in the world, and it’s commonly used as a catalyst to produce alkylate, a gasoline blending component for clean-burning fuels. But using HF comes with risks to people and the environment. Only automatic representative sampling can perform safe, reliable and efficient sampling of HF in a hydrocarbon plant.

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Topics: Downstream

Safe And Cost-Effective Representative Sampling Of Refinery Byproduct

Posted by Horacio Salinas, Jr. on 12/22/15 8:34 AM


Modern refinery operations process an incoming crude oil stream into multiple high value product streams, along with byproducts streams that need additional processing. Both the high value and byproduct streams require periodic sampling to ensure that the refinery processes are operating within specified parameters. Due to the often high pressure and chemical nature of the processes, obtaining a representative sample safely is essential.

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Topics: Downstream, Upstream & Midstream