Vapor Recovery Unit (VRU)

FET VRUs: Now In Development

FET Production Equipment is developing and designing Vapor Recovery Units for use across the midstream sector. For more information, contact our team at [email protected].

What is a VRU?

Vapor Recovery Units (VRU) aid in the removal and recovery of unwanted or excess vapors present in crude oil or distillate tanks. These units allow operators to comply with prevailing emission regulations while recovering valuable hydrocarbon gas. The recovered vapors, that may have otherwise been flared/vented without the VRU, can then be used as fuel or for revenue generation.  

For natural gas producing wells and installations, VRUs can collect low-pressure vapors from various low-pressure systems and boost their pressure up to the required inlet for the main compressors or for fuel usage. A vapor recovery system for storage tanks can be used to recover vent gas from crude oil and distillate tanks at storage facilities.  

Vapor Recovery Units are mechanically driven and are powered by an electric motor or gas engine, depending on available power or energy source. The unit works on a similar principle as other compression systems based on ideal gas law. VRU systems can be employed in a wide range of oil and gas installations/plants with several variants available. 

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FET Vapor Recovery Unit - Internals

The True Power of Vapor Recovery Systems & Benefits of VRUs

Cost Savings & New Revenue Streams 

Vapor Recovery Units capture vapors from oil, condensate storage gas, or low volume gas from two oil separators that are operating at low pressure. The recovered vapors can then be utilized for fuel gas, which is needed in facilities or sent to the pipeline. The vapor can be used as a potential revenue stream or as cost savings from fuel gas use. 

Emission Control
Vapor Recovery Unit captures hydrocarbon vapors that are usually vented. VRUs help operators reduce emissions by 95% more than conventional storage tanks and similar vapor solutions.  

Reduce Fire Hazard 

Failure to collect tank vapor leads to a high methane count that can combust at any time. But you can minimize the risk of fire by collecting the combustible vapors from the tank. 

Reduce HSE Risks 

The protection of the health, safety, and environment of the operating area are important. Vapor Recovery Units allow operators to reduce HSE risks. You can use VRUs to collect carcinogenic and flammable gases that can create serious health issues.

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