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World Energy Paramount Flare Fact Sheet

10/04/2020

About flares and how They work

A flare is a safety device that allows excess gasses that cannot be used in the operation of the facility to be safely burned, protecting the community and the equipment. Flares are used to burn excess flammable gases that cannot be recovered for use in the facility. Flares protect the community by ensuring the gas is not released into the air in an uncontrolled manner and protects equipment from damage. Flare operation is strictly regulated by South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD). World Energy actively minimizes flaring events and you will only see a flame at the flare if there is no way to avoid it.

The cause for a Flare Event 

A flare event can happen for various reasons whether planned or unplanned. Planned maintenance, which involves a shutdown of the facility, will require a flare event. Unplanned flare events involve an immediate need for pressure relief for equipment whose operation has varied outside of its normal operating conditions and needs to remove excess gas. A flare event may also be caused by external factors, such as loss of electricity to the facility.

the need for flare events

Flares reduce hydrocarbon emissions (VOCs) that would otherwise go directly to the air. The flare burns the VOCs to ensure they do not impact the surrounding community. It also ensures that flammable vapors are not released to the environment. To ensure the safety of the community and our workers, flare emissions and smoke are strictly regulated by AQMD. World Energy is required by AQMD to report major flare events and monitor emissions from all flare events.

Flare Events Are Safe

Flare events are required to ensure public safety and the safe operation of the facility. All flares are closely monitored by World Energy and AQMD.

How our flare events differ from petroleum refineries

The gas generated by World Energy’s manufacturing process does not contain high concentrations of benzene, toluene, or xylene found in petroleum-based refinery gasses, since our facility uses animal fats and vegetable oils to produce our fuels, not crude oil.

About World Energy

World Energy is one of the largest and longest-serving advanced biofuel suppliers in North America. Founded in 1998, the company operates biodiesel manufacturing plants in Houston, Texas, Natchez, Miss., Rome, Ga., Harrisburg, Pa., Hamilton, Ont., In Paramount, Calif. the company operates a renewable diesel refinery and the first commercial sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) facility in the world. The company also has distribution hubs throughout the U.S. and Canada.

Although we are still manufacturing transportation fuels, our products are now produced solely from agricultural waste products such as used cooking oil, vegetable oils, and animal fat. The resulting fuels are significantly cleaner and do not contain some of the harmful components of petroleum-based fuels.

World Energy’s renewable fuels provide an immediate solution to significant harmful air pollution caused by the transportation industry. In particular, World Energy Paramount is currently the only facility in the United States that produces cleaner sustainable aviation fuel, which has been used at LAX since 2016.

For more information about World Energy, please visit worldenergy.net or call our 24-hour community telephone line with questions or concerns. To reach us dial 562-531-2060 and press 1. Your call is very welcome and will be directed to someone who can assist you.

Last updated: October 8, 2020

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