Gulf Coast Environmental Systems designs, engineers, manufactures, and offers service to a wide range of pollution control solutions, treating countless different compounds and Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs). We have put together a collection of detailed articles that explain the most common VOCs we face in our industry, and outline some of the ways we abate them. GCES is constantly adding to this list, so be sure to check back, often.
What are Perfluoroalkyl Substances?
Perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are a class of man-made, highly fluorine chemicals, that are getting a lot of attention as emerging contaminants. Though there are nearly 4,800 different types of perfluoroalkyl substances, there are two that are commonly focused on because of their use in everyday household products: perfluorooctanoic acid and perfluorooctanesulfonic acid. Perfluorooctanoic acid, also known as PFOA or C8, is a chemical compound with the molecular formula of C8HF15O2. Perfluorooctanesulfonic acid, also known as PFOS, is a chemical compound with the molecular formula of C8HF17O3S. Both are considered stable chemicals, comprised of 8 carbons. The stability of these carbons and fluorine atoms make them extremely persistent in the environment, and difficult to abate.
Where are Perfluoroalkyl Substances like PFOA and PFOS found?
PFOA and PFOS are industrial chemicals widely used, across the globe. Their known for their ability to repel water and other sticky substances, making them ideal for a number of different applications. Common applications include:
- As surface protection for items such as:
- Non-stick cookware
- Carpeting and rugs
- A component in the manufacturing of:
- Food and beverage packaging
- Personal hygiene goods like floss, waxes, and makeup
- Automotive parts and fabrics
- Consumer goods packaging
- Outdoor clothing and gear
- They are also commonly used in manufacturing facilities as:
- Wetting agents
May 2020 | Case Study | Amine Plant
Employees: Over 11,000
Industry: Oil & Gas
Project Type: Amine Plant
Project Goal: Readying natural gas for pipeline quality with subsequent CO2 sequestration
Equipment Type: Regenerative Thermal Oxidizer
Gulf Coast Environmental Systems was tasked with find a pollution control solution for an Amine Plant, that would treat Carbon Dioxide (CO2) vent emissions.
This customer is one of the biggest energy infrastructure providers in North America. They own and operate over 100 terminals, and tens of thousands of miles of pipeline. These terminals and pipelines store and transport petroleum products, chemicals, and CO2, among other things. Their customer portfolio includes some of the world’s largest oil producers, shippers, and distribution companies. They are a leader in enhanced oil recovery projects in the US using CO2 collected underground and in their own Amine plants. [Read more…]
Status Update: Gulf Coast Environmental Systems is proud to support our nation’s critical infrastructure, during this unprecedented global event. Our current projects include systems to sterilize medical equipment/waste, process and transmit natural gas, fuel production, and to make semiconductors for critical medical, communication, and information systems.
We are open and operating normally, while taking every precaution to operate safely for our employees, customers, suppliers, and community. We are not under any shelter-in-place or other such restrictive orders. If such an order is issued, we are designated as an essential business by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and will continue to operate.
We stand ready to solve your problems, with new equipment, refurbishments, service and maintenance, upgrades, and repairs. Let us know how we can help you.
Chad Clark, CEO
Gulf Coast Environmental Systems Supports the “Zero Flaring by 2030” Initiative
20-years-ago, the southern Texas skyline, like many other areas of “oil country”, looked like a birthday cake lined with bright burning open flares. With recent pushes towards alternative options, the “candles” have started to disappear.
In the drilling process, the oil that is retrieved from the ground is accompanied by a significant amount of gas. These gases are deemed uneconomical and generally burned off using flares. Flares are pollution control devices used to safely combust unwanted process waste gas streams and are essential for safe plant operation, and the abatement of routine waste gas emissions. This process has been used for decades and is still the most widely accepted method of process waste gas abatement because of the dangerous Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) that can be found in these streams. Routine flaring, a specific type of flaring that is incredibly common in the oil and gas industry, is a process in which flaring is done in cases where the gas does not present any safety risks. However, flares have garnered quite a bit of attention in the media with the focus on methane and CO2 and their role in climate change.
Globally, gas flares burn approximately 140 billion cubic meters of natural gas per year. This amounts to 300 million tons of CO2 being released into the atmosphere without capture. This release is a potentially massive missed opportunity; the amount of gas flared last year alone could be used to create more electricity than the entire continent of Africa uses in a year. Furthermore, gases that cannot be used for energy generation could alternatively be used for conservation and use in several other industries (ie: food and beverage, medical, etc.) providing further financial value. [Read more…]