Engineering for Tomorrow: Facility Design as a Regulatory Planning Tool
May 18, 2015

Screen Shot 2015-05-18 at 6.28.44 PMGiven the ever-evolving nature of oil and gas regulations in this country, it is critical for producers to stay ahead of the game when developing their sites. Playing regulatory catch-up by replacing or updating existing equipment to remain in compliance is expensive, time consuming and it prevents the operator from focusing its attention on its long-term site planning needs.

Forward-looking engineering can help with this, by designing systems that exceed the standards called for in current environmental regulations, thereby ensuring that the facility will be compliant for some time down the road.

Case in point: Halker’s central processing facility (CPF) design was originally developed in 2012 in an effort to ease E&P site management, allow for safer installations and reduce the overall cost of site operation. But the design offers regulatory and environmental benefits as well. The consolidated and centralized processing facility significantly reduces the footprint of well sites, minimizes air emissions and reduces water consumption. Best of all, given the forward-looking approach of the design, as of 2015 Halker’s CPF remains compliant with:

  • The Environmental Protection Agency’s 40 CFR 60 Subpart O (Quad O) regulation that affects oil and gas exploration and production facilities that utilize hydraulic fracturing;
  • The State of Colorado’s Regulation 7, that imposes requirements that are stricter than Quad O; and
  • Expected 2015 revisions to Quad O that will add methane and ethane control requirements to the regulation which the CPF will be able to meet without any equipment or design changes.

By utilizing Halker’s forward-looking CPF design, operators can enjoy all of the efficiency and safety gains of a centralized system, along with the peace of mind that their facilities will remain compliant going forward.

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