The following infographic illustrates the high cost of methane fugitive emissions losses in the United States. Lost natural gas from US pipelines accrues an estimated cost of $17 million per year. In the US there are approximately 300,000 miles of natural gas pipelines responsible for roughly 14% of fugitive emissions for the industry.
The American Petroleum Institute (API) is working to reduce fugitive emissions in numerous ways including more stringent testing for valves. The two principal API standards to meet US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requirements are API 622 (Type Testing of Process Valve Packing for Fugitive Emissions) and API 624 (“Low-E”). One of the solutions in the infographic below calls for valve manufacturers to exceed the API Low-E standards.
Beyond “Low-E” with the PLEXIS ZERO™ Valve
PLEXIS Engineering designed its revolutionary ZERO™ valve technology to go beyond “low” emissions to guarantee zero fugitive emissions and zero leaks for the lifetime of the valve. Stringent testing for all valve components qualifies the ZERO valve to exceed all API standards.
PLEXIS’ stemless valve technology promises to end costly fugitive emission pollution with the industry’s first extreme-duty, high-temperature magnetic valve guaranteed for zero leaks across the lifetime of the valve.