Aztec, NM

Vapor Recovery Units

Are you prepared to be in compliance with the new Environmental Protection Agency requirements for the Clean Air Act? Poquito Compression now offers Vapor Recovery Units to capture the methane gas rising into the atmosphere from tank batteries.

Requirements for Storage Vessels at the Well Site
  • Storage tanks at natural gas well sites are commonly used to store condensate, crude oil and produced water. These tanks may be subject to two standards: the NSPS for VOCís, and the major source are toxics standards (NESHAP) for Oil and Natural Gas Production.

  • NSPS requirements: New storage tanks with VOC emissions of 6 tons a year or more must reduce VOC emissions by at least 95 percent. EPA expects this will generally be accomplished by routing emissions to a combustion device.

  • To ensure enough combustion devices are available, the final rule provides a one-year phase-in for this requirement.

  • After one year, owners/operators of new storage tanks at sites with wells in production must comply. Owners/operators at sites with no wells in production will have 30 days to determine the emissions from a tank: and another 30 days to install controls.

  • Air toxics requirements: In response to public comments, EPA did not finalize proposed air toxics standards for storage vessels without the potential for flash emissions, which currently are not regulated under the NESHAP for Oil and Natural Gas Production. The agency determined that it needs additional data in order to establish emission standards for this type of storage vessel. The previous standards for storage tanks with the potential for flash emissions remain in place.

  • The final rule amends the definition of “associated equipment,” meaning that emissions from all storage vessels now will be counted toward determining whether a facility is a major source under the NESHAP for Oil and Natural Gas Production.

In the Permian basin EPA has helicopters flying over tank batteries taking pictures with infra-red cameras to see the gas being emitted.

Turn that venting gas into cash by installing Vapor Recovery Units - Cost-Effective methane mitigation options. Our units compress the gas, allowing you to put it in the pipeline and sell it. A 6 tank battery can produce up to 25 mcfd.

VRU’s are designed for 2 ounces suction and up to 300 pounds of discharge psi.

Unit At 3000 ft. elevation.  Volume in mcfd.

Electric drive units are set up to ramp up and down automatically based on suction.  If suction gets too low, or the discharge gets to high the unit will go into hibernation and will restart when conditions return to normal!

Basic units starting around $23,000.00.