Flaring systems are commonplace across many industries, perhaps none more so than in oil and gas, and are used to burn gases before they enter the atmosphere. Safe operation of a flaring system requires the continuous monitoring of pilot flames and flared gases to ensure that vented gases are ignited.
Flare systems require pilot flame confirmation for safe operation to confirm there is an ignition source for flared gases. Furthermore, flares which do not ignite will release hazardous gases into the atmosphere, leading to safety risks to infrastructure, personnel, and environmental non-compliance with environmental regulations.
Continuous monitoring of pilot flames and flared gases is critical to ensure the gases will be ignited and to confirm compliance with government-set pilot status recording requirements.
Thermocouple failure, flame movement, varying luminosity and adverse climatic conditions are just a few of the obstacles which have to be overcome to gain long-term monitoring reliability without false alarms.
LumaSense’s provides non-contact flare monitoring and detection solutions using thermal imaging and pyrometry that are specifically designed for continuous monitoring of pilot flames and flaring operations.
The pyrometry-based E²T Quasar 2 instruments provides continuous monitoring and detection of pilot flame and flared gases from flares to safe flare operation and environmental protection require reliable and accurate flare pilot monitoring.
A high-resolution optical system and selection of various spot sizes enables the Quasar 2 to be positioned as far as 1/4 mile (400 m) from the stack being monitored. Custom electronics adapt to target movement, varying luminosity, and most climate conditions.
FlareSpection™ enables users to confirm flare operation remotely and automatically, detecting differences in heat signatures of the flare stack. Designed with special spectral ranges, calibrations, and optics, this system is able to focus clearly through moisture, heavy rain, and fog at distances up to 300 m away.
With a telephoto lens and high resolution, operators obtain superior images and software that can connect to the plant DCS via Modbus and OPC to allow for closed loop integration.