Panametrics Flare Management System

Partnering with customers to optimize flare control

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Early innovations in flare measurement by Panametrics, a Baker Hughes business, have evolved extensively over the years. We now work with our customers to efficiently control flares with flare.IQ, an advanced process control algorithm, and our ultrasonic flowmeters and services.

It begins with extensive knowledge of flare applications and how the ultrasonic meter provides more than just flow information. [MEH1] For over four decades, Panametrics has used ultrasonic meters to provide a better way to measure applications, but the unique requirements of today’s flare gas applications now require many of the benefits offered by the innovative flare.IQ process.

Panametrics has developed a unique ultrasonic meter that manages low-end flow for normal operation and continues to measure flow during adverse conditions, where the flow range would exceed conventional technologies. Our meter has no restrictions and eliminates backpressure that can cause safety issues in flares. It can also determine the molecular weight of hydrocarbon gas, yielding a mass flow measurement that identifies which type of gas is flaring.

Today the need for flare systems has moved beyond understanding the flow and knowing the bulk molecular weight. Growing public pressure to lessen the environmental impact of emissions, especially gases like methane, now expects efficient combustion and accurate meter measurements. Panametrics has solved this challenge, integrating diagnostics from the flare meter with new advanced process control algorithms to determine flare gas BTU content. 

Many baseline conditions exhibit numbers from 75% to 90%, depending on their control schemes. Our process, however, now achieves 98% CE of controls flare assist systems.

 [MEH1]“Since the 70s” conveys old technology, whereas “over four decades” conveys progress.

160k mT CO2 Eq annual reduction per 500 bbl/day refined possible
Over 40 years experience in flare instrumentation
25 Flare experts, in four regions, supporting over 150 countries

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