Stringent Emissions Requirements? Not a Problem for COOK CLEAN® Sealing System
In 2013, a customer on the West Coast of the United States approached Cook Compression to discuss how they could comply with the increasing emission regulations in the region. This was a critical issue to the customer, directly affecting their bottom line.
Discussions between Cook representatives and the customer’s corporate office went on for years. During the final two years, the customer engaged its plant facility managers in identifying – and proposing solutions to – emission-related issues. At the center of the discussions were packing cases, which are typically the primary source of leakage in reciprocating compressors.
In order to determine the best solution, the customer designed an experiment: Three packing cases from three different vendors, including Cook Compression, would be placed head to head on three identical cylinders operating under identical parameters. Under Cook’s recommendation, flow meters would be installed to quantify the emissions out of each cylinder.
Cook Compression’s approach was to provide the COOK CLEAN™ sealing system, a low-leak packing specifically designed to lower fugitive emissions to near-zero levels. After a detailed review of the operating conditions and gas composition, the proper sealing elements were selected to ensure that no excess heat would be generated. This coupled with proper material selection allowed for an effective and reliable seal.
The three packing cases, along with the suggested flow meters, were installed side by side in March 2017. Cook’s custom-engineered COOK CLEAN system proved to be a superior solution, exhibiting a much lower leakage rate than the competitor solutions. Emissions from the Cook Compression packing case was 5 times lower than that of the next best performer.
In July 2017, a Cook Compression representative was at the customer’s site and examined the flow meter readings for cumulative gas emissions. The COOK CLEAN system was still, by far, the superior solution. Due to the success, the customer has requested Cook packing cases not only for this facility but for others as well.
Emissions often originate from multiple sources, and several measures may be needed to achieve the desired level of control. Cook Compression can provide a full system assessment and consult with operators on options to meet objectives.