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VAPOUR CONTROL FOR CRUDE OIL STORAGE

Aereon’s Marco Puglisi looks at the challenges and solutions

The aim of vapour control is to reduce emissions of harmful or toxic substances into the atmosphere. Vapour control is particularly important for volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions resulting from end-of-pipe operations, such as the loading, storage and distribution of volatile organic liquids like gasoline and naphtha.

The presence of VOCs in the atmosphere creates pollution and has a harmful impact for two main reasons. Combined with the UV rays from the sun, they enhance the formation of ozone (O3), which has an adverse effect for human health and vegetation. Also, VOCs are greenhouse gases, contributing to the average temperature increase of the earth.

In the last 20-30 years, almost all environmental authorities worldwide have put in force legislation to set limits on VOC...

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