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26 INTECH SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2017 WWW.ISA.ORG By Andy Young P ioneer Energy in Lakewood, Colo., is a service provider and original equipment manufacturer addressing gas processing challenges in the oilfield with a range of standard gas capture and processing units for tank vapors and flare gas. The company has a line of units that captures hydrocarbon vapors from crude oil tank batteries and extracts natural gas liquids (NGLs) at high yields, instead of sending these valuable commodities to combustion or venting them to the atmosphere. This dramatically cuts emissions, meets U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Quad-O compliance standards, and provides a significant economic return. Another line of equipment (figure 1) captures and processes flare gas at the well site, producing NGLs and pipeline- quality lean methane and helping pro ducers comply with regulations. Oil and gas fields in North Dakota, Montana, and Colorado use this equipment at produc - tion well sites to capture methane and natural gas liquid streams. Pioneer operates and moni - tors these geographically disperse units from its headquarters. Operation and design teams monitor the equipment and analyze the results to make continuous improvements. The FlareCatcher is powered with a natural gas generator, which is inside the white enclosure on the front of the trailer shown in figure 1. The fuel gas for this generator comes from any of the re- fined energy products made by the FlareCatcher, and this usage is only about 5 percent of the total Remotely analyzing gas processing data Figure 2. Data can be acquired from well sites in any remote location via cellular or satellite communication. Evaluating performance at remote well sites with visual data analytics application software

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