Stack Emissions Monitoring
RPS supported an Oil Company based in Albania looking to expand operations on the Patos-Marinze Oil Field, the largest on-shore oilfield in Europe. To secure the funding necessary, the client was required to produce an Environmental and Social Action Plan (ESAP).
There were five distinct points to the ESAP which were to:
Perform an air quality baseline assessment
Carry out an air emissions control assessment
Perform an air quality assessment and emissions dispersion modeling
Develop an air monitoring programme
Develop routine workplace monitoring of air quality and noise
Working alongside the RPS’ Planners, an initial assessment of the point source releases on the oilfield was made. From this assessment a strategy for sampling air quality and point sources, and the subsequent dispersion modeling, was developed and agreed with the client.
Point source sampling was carried out from a representative number of landfill gas engines, diesel engines, oil heaters and storage tanks for a broad range of pollutants, with air quality sampling undertaken during similar periods. The data from both surveys were used to feed into dispersion models and produce an air impact assessment. Ultimately the project was able to successfully address points 1-4 of the ESAP.