Flare Systems

Pressure relief systems are vital in the oil and gas industry for handling a wide variety of situations. They are used to prevent pressurization above a system’s design pressure; for venting during an unusual or emergency situation; and for normal depressurization during a shutdown. In some cases non- combustible gases including steam, air and nitrogen are safely vented to atmosphere. In other cases elaborate systems for the safe and responsible disposal of vented gases may be required.

The flare system is an essential part of the relief and depressurizing mechanism associated with safe plant operations. It is vital that when called upon to operate, it functions as designed and does not introduce new hazards at a time of emergency. Where there is an overpressure situation the flare header receives the flammable and toxic materials to be safely burned at the flare ensuring safe disposal and environmental compliance.

This course will give participants the fundamental knowledge on relief and flare systems to enable them to safely conduct operating and maintenance procedures and to be aware of emergency operations as related to the plant process safety systems.

  • Agenda
  • Audience
  • Technical Information

Day 1
Relief Gas System Overview

    • Flow diagram and P&ID
    • Types of systems, including equipment and components
    • System criteria and involvement in process safety management systems

On day 1, participants will have gained an understanding of relief and flare systems types, including normal and emergency requirements, system monitoring and control as well as start up and shut down logic parameters.  Relief and flare system components and equipment will be studied to appreciate their importance and reliability.  Maiintenance issues associated with relief and flare systems will be reviewed with particular attention given to process safety management systems.


Day 2
Relief Gas System Operation

    • Technician responsibilities
    • Monitoring systems and procedures
    • Environmental and safety device regulatory compliance

Day 2 will focus on operation, maintenance and safety procedures associate with relief and flare systems.  Technician responsibilities for the operation, monitoring, and inspection in order to adhere to regulatory compliance criteria and awareness of potential emergency situations will be discussed in detail.  Regulatory compliance and process safety management criteria for the relief and flare system and its components will be discussed including the concept of car sealing valves and testing of safety relief devices.


Day 3
Thermal Oxidizers

    • Principle of operation
    • Components /Equipment
    • Environmental compliance

On day 3, participants will gain an understanding of the configuration and operation of various types of thermal oxidizer systems.  Operation, maintenance and safety procedures associate with thermal oxidizer systems will be reviewed while stressing safety and environmental compliance and concerns. 

This course is mainly targeted to process technicians, process technologists, instrumentation personnel, and maintenance personnel. The course can also be applicable to employees working with equipment purchasing, procurement, storage, job planning as well as immediate supervisors to the working technicians.

Discipline:    Process operations

Delivery type:   Classroom

Provider:    TPL

Possible Instructors: Fully qualified and certified TPL instructor with a minimum of 15 years instructor experience to international delegates in client or offsite locations.

Level:    Foundation

Course Version:      0

Length:       3 days

Skills Needed to
Take Course (pre-requisites):
    Participants should have some recent exposure to oil and gas facility terminology