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FlareAdvisor™: A Web-based Software for Managing Flaring and Venting in the Upstream Oil & Gas Sector by Process Ecology and Devon Energy Technology Information Session

Nov 18, 2013
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Nexen Annex Theatre (+15 level)
801 - 7th Ave SW
Calgary, AB
This event is currently not open for registration.
CO2 Enhanced Hydrocarbon Recovery Emission Reduction / Eco-efficiency Environment Environment: Air - Flaring, Venting and Odour Heavy Oil Improved Oil and Gas Recovery Natural Gas Production, Processing and Transportation Oil Production and Transportation SME Innovation Initiative

Process Ecology’s FlareAdvisor™ is an innovative web-based software for estimating, managing and reporting flared and vented volumes from operating facilities, with a specific focus on non-metered and non-routine events, such as compressor blowdowns, compressor starts, line pigging and a number of other events that are performed frequently by facilities; continuous sources are also considered for future development.

Key features include:
• Sound engineering approach to the calculation of emissions based on past engineering studies;
• Developed in close collaboration with industry, with an efficient workflow and a simple and intuitive interface designed for the facility operator;
• Calculation methodology based on fundamental thermodynamics for compliance with regulatory requirements, even as stringent as in B.C.;
• The calculation engine considers the availability of data and best engineering practices to deliver the best estimates possible;
• Allows operational optimization opportunities to be uncovered;
• Minimal need for customization as the application is designed for the specific purpose of estimating, managing and reporting emissions;


Flaring and venting are used in all segments of the oil and natural gas industry to manage the disposal of unrecoverable natural gas from routine operations, upsets, or emergencies. Process Ecology Inc. is a leading process engineering and software company with extensive experience performing engineering studies for flaring and venting.

FlareAdvisor™ is an innovative web-based software for estimating, managing and reporting flared and vented volumes from operating facilities, with a focus on non-metered and non-routine events such as compressor blowdowns, compressor starts, line pigging and a number of other events that are performed frequently by facilities.

A key differentiation factor is the sound process engineering approach to emissions estimation and management. Process Ecology’s engineers have been involved in a number of projects for the design, troubleshooting and optimization of relief systems. Studies have ranged from the calculation of tank venting at heavy oil facilities to the evaluation of complex flare networks. This project experience, combined with software development and process modeling expertise, results in synergies that have produced a functional, powerful and efficient tool.

The calculation engine implemented with FlareAdvisor™ considers the availability of data in the field and provides best engineering practices to deliver the most accurate results possible. By developing a calculation methodology rooted in fundamental thermodynamics, the software is able to comply with the most stringent regulatory requirements (e.g. British Columbia Greenhouse Gas Program/WCI).

Furthermore, the level of accuracy enables operational optimization opportunities to be uncovered.

FlareAdvisor™ has been designed in close collaboration with industry partners to ensure the user experience is efficient and enjoyable. Special attention has been paid to the development of a simple and intuitive user interface for the facility operator. The application has been designed for a specific purpose so the need for customization is minimal. The software can be set-up relatively quickly, depending on the availability of facility and equipment data. The experience and expected benefits from a current pilot trial with Devon Energy will be discussed during the presentation.


• Production engineers, directors, managers and advisors
• Facilities engineers, supervisors and managers
• Regulatory reporting specialists
• Air emissions and greenhouse gas emissions specialists
• Green energy specialists, coordinators and managers
• Business development and technology investment managers and executives
• Government policy advisors and managers
• Regulators
• Experienced professionals interested in learning about new technologies

Important note:

Please be advised that PTAC will charge $25 + GST to PTAC members that register and do not attend, unless notification of cancellation is received by PTAC a minimum of 24 hours in advance. It is necessary that we enforce this provision starting September 1, 2013 due to the increasing number of no shows.

Nov 18
11:30 AM Lunch and Networking
12:00 PM Presentation and discussion
1:15 PM Networking
(Noon on Nov 17)
At Event
PTAC Member FREE $25.00
Non-Member $50.00 $75.00


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