Fugitive emission control (VOCs)

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Fugitive emissions are a subgroup of diffuse emissions, generally small leaks caused by the gradual loss of tightness of equipment. The emissions are released directly into the atmosphere, they are continuous and they cannot be detected by the senses (smell, hearing or sight). They can only be pinpointed by VOC analysers.

The "Leaks Detection and Repairs" (LDAR) programme, which has been adapted to the new IPPC environmental regulations, is based on an exhaustive inventory of all the possible sources of fugitive emissions, in order to detect and quantify the leaks of Volatile Organic Composites (VOCs) prior to their repair. A fugitive emission considered individually does not represent a serious loss, but the sum of all the fugitive emissions from a plant adds up to a sizeable volume.

Fugitive emissions represent a significant proportion of the total emissions to be declared by a plant; these emissions can be corrected more easily and at a lower cost.

The LDAR programmes for fugitive emission control are partly paid off by the reduction of emissions.

Thanks to the LDAR programmes for fugitive emission control, installations are safer, since leaks of toxic and flammable products that we cannot detect are controlled.

For the optimum control of fugitive VOC emissions, we offer:

  • Technical support.
  • Database design.
  • Identification of plant equipment.
  • Inventory of emission sources.
  • Quantification of leaks.
  • Reduction of emissions.
  • Measuring equipment using the latest technology.
  • Personnel specialised in fugitive emissions.
  • EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) protocols.