Conbit provides a full range of flare-tip replacement and maintenance services. The flare tip can be regarded as an exhaust pipe of a refinery, (petro-)chemical plant or offshore facility. The flare is used to burn waste gases from the production process. Pilot lights are the source of ignition, and the flare tip is the nozzle that makes burning efficient. The characteristic flame, which can be witnessed from a long distance, is the result.
Flare-tip replacement: the ultimate goal
The ultimate goal of flare-tip replacement is to ensure safe operation and minimize shutdown time. Conbit’s flare-tip handling services are well prepared, adapted specifically to each project, and tested and certified before shutdown. Thus, the absolute minimum amount of time is wasted during the replacement process.
Location of the installation
The flare tip is usually located as far as possible from humans and process equipment, because the flame produces great heat. In onshore plants the installation is often located in an offsite area. On offshore facilities such as floating production, storage and offloading units (FPSOs) and production platforms, it is the installation’s height that ensures clearance between the flame and the facility. It is mainly the height of the boom or tower that makes flare-tip maintenance and replacement a specialist job.
Offshore and onshore flare-tip handling
Clients from all around the world value our flare-tip handling services. Conbit has an impressive track record of offshore and onshore flare-tip modification and replacement operations.
Offshore flare-tip modification and replacement
Flare-tip modifications and replacements are delicate operations. Although offshore flare tips can weigh between 500 and 6000 kg, the handling method is always the same. Most platforms are equipped with a high-pressure (HP) and a low-pressure (LP) installation. This standard equipment can be modified in order to flare different types of gases. Conbit provides offshore flare-tip replacement as a service to existing facilities but also offers flare-tip handling on FPSOs or new platforms.
Petrochemical flare-tip handling
Petrochemical flare-tip replacement presents different challenges than offshore modification and replacement. Onshore installations have a greater weight range: from 500 to 8000 kg. Furthermore, onshore structures are different to those offshore. In the (petro-)chemical industry there are many different types of structures. Conbit’s flare-tip maintenance and handling service focuses on guy-wire and derrick flares. Flare-tip modification of a retractable flare is also possible.