Applying Dynamic Process Simulations Toward Flaring Reduction

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Dynamic process simulation has traditionally been a tool of process engineers and
process control engineers for design and control of unit operations. The main
objectives of this paper are to highlight specific opportunities to apply this tool
toward reduction of both routine and non-routine flaring. Application of dynamic
process simulation for operational surveillance, optimization of start-up and
shutdown procedures, and pressure relief and flare load modeling will be discussed.
Proper application of this tool could have significant benefits in terms of equipment
availability, plant performance, capital and operating expenditures, and emission
reduction.