Gas-plant tests reveal cost-effective inspection, maintenance practices

Tests at selected gas processing plants indicate that the greatest opportunities for cost-effective reduction of natural gas losses are from the control of leaking equipment components and leakage of process gas into vent and flare systems.Actual opportunities may vary between sites, and not all gas plants will offer sufficient opportunities to justify the associated identification and control costs.Nonetheless, available data show that significant opportunities exist at some facilities and a systematic approach to finding these opportunities may result in cost savings for industry.While any economical-to-repair leaking components detected by such efforts should be repaired, average leak ...

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