Fuel-Flare-Vent ManagerTM is an easily configurable and simple-to-use web-based data management solution for operations and production accounting personnel to track and report unmetered fuel, flare, or vent volumes using a common platform.
What is Fuel-Flare-Vent Manager?
Fuel-Flare-Vent Manager (FFVM) is an easily configurable and simple-to-use web-based data management solution for operations and production accounting personnel to track and report the following, using a common platform:
- Estimates of any unmetered fuel consumption (natural gas, diesel, propane, and gasoline).
- Unmetered flare and vented volumes (corrected to standard conditions) from non-routine events such as well blowdowns, piping, vessel and compressor blowdowns, and compressor starts. Also logging of metered flare volumes from non-routine events, allowing for the creation of on-demand Flare/Vent Logs.
- Unmetered flare and vented volumes (corrected to standard conditions) from routine emission sources such as pneumatic devices, chemical pumps; casing gas, solution gas, glycol dehydrators, and storage tanks.
Monthly volume estimations can be exported to internal field data capture and/or production accounting systems, to simplify the reporting to government. In addition, a breakdown of vented volumes from the various sources can also be fed into an emissions management application (like Emission Manager or Emission Manager U.S. ) to increase the accuracy of the company’s air emissions inventory.
Why choose FFVM?
- FFVM provides confidence to senior management that a valuable business control process has been implemented, that volume estimations adhere to the applicable methodologies appropriate for the various jurisdictions, and that the calculations are handled in a consistent manner across the company.
- FFVM streamlines the transfer of information between Operations and Production Accounting, easing the burden on both departments and ensuring that unmetered fuel, flare and vent volumes are properly captured and reported.
- FFVM makes the information easily available and centrally accessible for internal and external audits.
- Estimates fuel, flared, and vented volumes
- Estimation equations are provided, ensuring transparency and auditability
- Calculation methodology takes into account the specific requirements of the jurisdiction where the site is located (e.g. WCI for BC sites, etc.)
- Estimated volumes can be easily and quickly updated when field sources change, so revised estimates are used for reporting via Flare/Vent Logs
- Individual components that are included in a 'Package' (i.e. vessels, piping segment, etc.) are easy to identify
- Total estimates for 'Packages' are automatically updated when an individual element within the Package (vessel, pipe, etc.) is revised
- Takes into account variations in ambient conditions for different geographical areas and for different seasons
- Offers on-the-fly units conversion for data input and reporting
- Provides detailed site configuration reports for easy review by facility engineers, measurement personnel, senior management, etc.
Key Design Features of FFVM
- The user interface is intuitive and easy to use.
- The entry of latitude/longitude information allows for mapping of well / facility locations on Google Maps (integrated into FFVM)
- Different calculation methodologies are available for selection based on the specific requirements of the jurisdiction in which the wells / facilities are located.
- Administrators have the ability to configure a Company Hierarchy, so that sites can be grouped into appropriate field areas.
- Administrators have the ability to assign edit privileges at the facility level (one facility of a group of facilities) for users to enter site configuration and/or field data.
- Typical utilization (hours on) profiles for combustion equipment, pneumatic devices and chemical pumps can be configured in order to minimize the manual data entry and hands-on management of this information. The user has the ability to overwrite this 'typical' utilization information for any given month.
- A convenient Bulk Update feature allows data editors to easily update equipment utilization information to a group of facilities at the same time.
- An Operator Sign-Off feature is available to lock down the field data at the end of each month. This also serves as an indicator to production accountants that the information has been reviewed, signed off, and is ready to be reported as part of the monthly volumetric submission to the government.
- Users access the system over a secure website with 128-bit encryption.
- Preferences for units are available and defined at the user level.
- An optional dashboard can be customized and displayed at time of user log-in to show key performance indicators (KPIs) set by the company.
Benefits of Using an Online Data Management System
- Accessible to multiple users simultaneously.
- Drives consistency and transparency of how volumes are calculated.
- Eliminates calculation errors (e.g. incorrect cell references or formulas in spreadsheets).
- Efficient maintenance of historical records.
- Provides capability for data integration with other systems.