flare_lease.jpgFlare Management 


The purpose of Flare Management is to ensure your flare permit requirement are met in the safest and most economical way possible and at the same time getting the most accurate and complete flow test data.

A flaring operation managed by a qualified Flare Technician will ensure success from the permit application process to the field operations and to the end of job report.

We can provide qualified flare technicians, and support utilizing the best technology available to successfully guide you through any flaring operation - simple or complex, big or small.

We will save you time and money without compromising the regulatory standards for a safe, efficient flaring program.


Flaring Brief

Traditional Flare Management Plan

Flaring is only done under restrictive limitations based on WORST CASE SCENARIO. Using historical weather information and the topography of the well test location, flaring is allowed only when wind direction is measured onsite from specific directions.

If the wind direction changes, the flaring is either limited or halted based on the permit requirements. Fuel gas enrichment is often required at considerable cost to lift the plume high enough to safely disperse.


The result is the projects can take longer to complete and the flow test data may not be comprehensive. Fuel gas costs and be very substantial.


  • Used when accurate formation data is not critical
  • Smaller (non-complex) projects.
  • Simple start/stop permit management plan
  • save $ not using complex monitors and forecasting.


  • On again/off again subject to wind and weather.
  • Projects can take longer waiting to start/stop flaring.
  • No options if problems occur.
  • May require substantial fuel gas enrichment



Real Time Plume Dispersion Modelling Flare Management Plan

complex.jpgUses real time wind, weather, H2S concentration and flow rate information to predict and measure actual plume concentrations... up to 24 hours in advance.


  • Meet and surpass safety requirements of permit without the stringent limitations of a traditional flare management plan.
  • Used for larger (complex) projects with site specific public and environmental concerns.
  • Get the most accurate formation data possible in the shortest time.
  • Uses sophisticated monitoring and forecasting tools.
  • Start flaring sooner, continue flaring when weather and well flow changes, use fuel gas only when forecast suggests it is required (saving $ thousands).
  • Skilled on-site permit management technicians (PMT's).


  • Higher cost for manpower and equipment.
  • Longer deployment time.

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Plume Real-Time System (Plume-RT) is an on-line user interface developed by RWDI that uses accepted regulatory dispersion models to predict current and future Sulphur Dioxide (SO2) concentrations associated with sour gas release events. 

Plume-RT uses current meteorological conditions and regional weather forecasts to predict ground-level SO2 concentrations for the current hour and provides 24-hour forecasts over the modelling domain.

By using local meteorology, Plume-RT provides a realistic representation of the magnitude and extent of ground-level SO2touchdowns, which vary in space and time, and are not persistent. These predictions aid decision makers, field operators, and regulators with the management and mitigation of risks associated with planned and accidental release events at well sites, gas plants and air sheds.

Plume-Model.jpgChemical releases may occur due to well test flaring, incineration activities, drilling, servicing, completion operations and workovers. Integration with a continuous emission management system enables Plume-RT to be utilized in a permanent facility for stack top temperature reduction applications to ensure that ambient air quality objectives are met.

The Plume-RT solution provides the Oil & Gas Industry with the most advanced air quality management tool available. Plume-RTis a full life-cycle tool that can be used from drilling to abandonment to assist with air quality issues resulting from ignited sour gas.For more information, email info@v-com.ca or call 403-872-5300.

Professional Sour Gas Permit, Flare Management Services and Emergency Public Safety in Remote Locations

The requirement for natural gas to heat our homes and run our energy plants is part or our society. Drilling and producing natural gas in Western Canada is a major part of our economy. There are many developments taking place today to make the production of natural gas safer and more efficient than ever before.

We want to see a steady safe supply of natural gas produced here in Alberta with an increase in the safety processes and standards. As well we are setting goals to drastically decrease the amount of flaring done in the production of natural gas.

The oil and gas companies are faced with complex permitting processes, rigorous audit standards and extreme ramifications for non-compliance.

Today's new regulations force the industry to improve their processes in dealing with the environment, the public and regulatory bodies. This creates a much larger project scope and higher costs when drilling or completing sour gas wells.

We in the sour gas flaring industry are here to address these challenges and use all the tools and technology available today to meet and exceed the requirements for safe and efficient gas production.

Saving Lives, Saving the Environment and Saving Money in Sour Gas Flaring Operations



Professional Sour Gas Flare Management Services

V-Com utilizes the best technology available in the industry to successfully guide you through any flaring operation, simple or complex. 

We will save you time and money without compromising the regulatory standards for a safe, efficient flaring program.

Expectations of a Flaring Technician:

Our certified flaring technicians will guide the well site supervisor to make informed decisions that ensure the safest and most accurate well flow test for any operation big or small.

Using satellite linked mobile and stationary gas monitors broadcasting real time data, along with the direct weather feeds from the onsite MET tower and the 12 km NAM upper air forecasts, our flaring technicians carefully monitor and log all readings every 15 minutes.

Onsite flaring technicians constantly monitor weather, gas readings, plume forecasts, gas flow rates, sour concentrations etc.

When faced with weather and gas flow dynamics they can provide valuable information up to 24 hours in advance using real time plume dispersion modelling tools. This enables the decision makers to confidently mitigate any potential exceedance risks hours before they would occur.

A flaring technician functions as an advisor to the onsite consultant. The consultant makes the operational decisions and instructs the testers to make adjustments in flow rates, fuel gas etc.

Our objective is to always know what to expect 4-6 hrs ahead of the plume and to have a good idea of flaring conditions up to 24 hrs in advance. We can advise when it is clear to start flaring and what to do when we see a predicted exceedance. 

Once onsite, the flaring technician’s primary concern is to know what the flaring conditions are at any time. The technician must ALWAYS be able to answer these questions with informed intelligence.

Questions a Flaring Technician should always be able to answer:

  • Are we ready to open the flare right now?
  • What are the forecasted flaring conditions for the next 4-6-12 and 24 hours?
  • What amount of fuel gas should be added, when it should be added and how long it is required?
  • What SO2 and H2S gas readings are we getting on any of the monitors?
  • Where is the forecasted plume going to be for the next 24 hours?
  • What are the exceedance criteria for the location, time of year or the daytime or night time?
  • What locations in the EPZ require human risk exceedance criteria and what locations require foliar injury exceedance criteria? (BC)
  • According to our GPS location, what is the weather forecast for today (tomorrow and the next day)?
  • Will this GPS based weather forecast affect our flaring operation and when? (BC)
  • We have established a training program for our flaring technicians that equips them to confidently direct any flaring operation. They are trained in all aspects of sour gas flaring operations including regulatory compliance, computers, spreadsheets, communications, weather and various forms of technology used in flaring operations.

Some of the categories included in this certification are:

  • Permits and Compliance
  • Traditional Flare Management Plans vs Real Time Plume Dispersion Modelling
  • Onsite Flaring Protocol and Procedures
  • ERCB Directive 60 and Directive 71
  • Reporting and logging Accountability and Conduct
  • Charts, graphs, flow management plans
  • Mapping and Conversions
  • Computer Networking, communications, spreadsheets, etc.
  • GPS - Mapping
  • NAD 83 or NAD 27 - UTM, Lat/Long, Twp/Rge, BC/NTS-based grid
  • Project Management
  • Exceedance Criteria - Alberta, BC, etc.
  • Job Deployment
  • Maximum H2S and SO2 Concentrations
  • Maximum/Minimum Flow Rates
  • Cumulative Gas
  • BC Legge SO2 Consecutive Hours Tables
  • Wind/Stability Class Charts or Graphs
  • Much more.

For more information about any of our services, please call us any time at 403-872-5300.