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 removing and recovering unwanted or excess vapors in crude oil or distillate tanks. These units allow operators to comply with prevailing emission regulations while recovering valuable hydrocarbon gas. The recovered vapors, which may have otherwise been flared/vented without the VRU, can then be used for fuel or revenue generation.  

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

VRUs are mechanically driven and are powered by an electric motor or gas engine, depending on the available power or energy source. The unit works similarly to other compression systems based on ideal gas law. VRU systems can be employed in various oil and gas installations/plants with several available variants. 

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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 operating at low pressure. You can use the recovered vapors for fuel gas in facilities or send them to the pipeline. You can utilize the vapor as a potential revenue stream or cost savings from fuel gas use. 

Emission Control
The VRU 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 sometimes combust. 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 is essential. VRUs 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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