Conbit uses a mechanical method in replacing flare tips. A modular system is designed for this method, which can be assembled on the flare tip access platform. While preparing for the shutdown, a working flare tip handling system can be guaranteed as no provisions in the heat radiated zone are required.
The system is constructed from lightweight components. During the engineering phases, no components weighing more than 16 kgs must be carried by hand. The system consists of two main parts: lifting frame and lift winch(es). The winch remains at deck level.
The project was divided into the following phases.
- Factory Acceptance Test
- Packing and Transport
Challenges during flare tip replacement projects
- Shutdown time should be kept to a minimum.
- The condition of the top sections of the flare tower is unknown before the shutdown.
“Considering the impact of flare tip replacement during platform design makes future jobs more efficient and safer.”