Flare Safety Overview


Tarkiz Ruslan - Presenter
Tham Chee Mun
Karl Kolmetz


Presented At
7th ASEAN Regional Olefins Producers
Technical Conference
16-18 September 2002
Awana Kijal Resort
Kerteh, Malaysia



The Flare is a major part of the pressure relieving system for hydrocarbon processing plants.  For most plants it is the last line of defense against potential hazards.  Flare design should include thermal radiation limits, explosion hazards, liquid carryover, noise, temperature limits, and ground level concentrations of combustion products.

In Hydrocarbon Service there has been several flare line ruptures, therefore it is something each Ethylene Plant should review, particularly at every revamp or expansion.

We believe that Every Organization should have specific training and knowledge in these Safety Areas;

1. Hazard Identification

2. Pressure Relief Valve and Flaring System Design and Operation

3. Guide Lines for Safe Commissioning of Process Units