Leak detection and repair or LDAR is a program that provides a systematic approach for identifying and repairing fugitive emission leaks at oil and gas locations, refineries and chemical facilities.
What are the benefits of having an LDAR program?
- Reduce product loss -Increases safety for workers and operators -Decreases hazardous exposure for the surrounding community -Reduces or Eliminates potential fees and fines
How often do I need to complete an LDAR inspection?
LDAR inspection frequencies vary depending on the regulation the location falls under. Colorado regulation 7 requires LDAR testing to be completed Monthly, Quarterly, Annually or One-time only based on VOC emissions and location. EPA NSPS OOOOa requires all wells and/or tank batteries that are constructed, re-constructed or modified after September 18th, 2015 to be LDAR inspected Semi-Annually. If you need assistance determining your LDAR inspection frequency please give us a call and we will be happy to assist you.
Do I need to complete LDAR inspections and AVO's on a shut-in site in Colorado?
Yes, all AVO inspections must be completed on any pressurized equipment. LDAR inspections must be completed per Colorado Reg 7 until the rolling 12 month production falls below the tiered threshold.
When is my annual LDAR report due?
- Colorado Regulation 7 annual LDAR reports must be filed for all operators who completed an LDAR inspection or AVO inspection. Colorado annual LDAR reports are due annually by May 31st for the previous calendar year.
- EPA NSPS OOOOa reports are due annually by October 31st.
- For more information on the LDAR report due dates in your jurisdiction please give us a call.
Can I use any FLIR camera to complete LDAR inspections at my location?
Not all FLIR cameras are gas finding cameras, most in fact are thermal imaging or IR only. In the oil and gas industry, LDAR inspections must be completed using the specialized GF300, GF320, GFX320 or the GF620. Specialized training is necessary to use these cameras effectively.
What is an AVO inspection?
Audio, Visual, Olfactory inspections are completed by listening, looking and smelling for any leaks on a location.
What are method 21 inspections?
EPA Method 21 inspections is another acceptable method of determining VOC leaks. Some examples of Method 21 detectors include, PID, FID, catalytic oxidation and infrared absorption. The use of soap water is an acceptable means of completing a Method 21 inspection as long as the soap and water can bridge the gap where a possible leak may occur.
How much does an LDAR inspection cost?
LDAR inspection costs vary dramatically throughout the industry. At G.O.L.D. LLC we strive to make the inspections as affordable as possible while maintaining the best quality inspections in the industry. In most cases we complete the LDAR inspections for less than the cost of a valve, regulator or PRD.