Refinery odour control

Odour control is a central issue in any oil refinery. Inevitably, there is plenty of scope for unpleasant emissions, which can affect a wide area.

Unpleasant emissions from refineries can affect a wide area
Unpleasant emissions from refineries can affect a wide area

Those odours with the greatest potential impact are typically generated by operations involving the handling and storage of crude or heavy oils, such as oil storage tanks and tanker/vessel loading operations.

Other common culprits are the treatment of site wastewater contaminated with oil, and inefficient gas flaring systems.

How can we help?

The amount and type of odours generated by an oil refinery depend mostly on the size of the refinery, the type of oil processed, and the processes used. But no matter what the details, none of the odours produced in this way can be considered ‘pleasant’. Large-scale industrial oil refineries in particular have the potential to generate odours that can be detected over large distances, and high performance odour control measures are required to minimise the odour impact risk.

Odournet can help in a number of ways, such as by:

  • defining sampling campaigns for different source types, such as storage tanks, stacks and wastewater treatment facilities
  • carrying out dispersion modelling
  • conducting H2S and total reduced sulphur (TRS) measurement
  • developing odour management plans.

Need to know more?

Odournet has conducted numerous studies for refineries in the Middle East and across Europe and has become a trusted partner for some of the biggest players in the refining industry.

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