Everything You Need to Know about Noise Pollution

How to limit the noise propagation (not only in Oil and Gas). Risks and countermeasures of a phenomenon as important as universally underrated.

The noise pollution’s matter has become a well-documented public domain anthology by now.

The World Health Organisation has reported that 40% of Europe’s population is exposed to noise levels in excess of 55dB. Moreover, noise pollution is ranked as second to air pollution, in terms of affecting our health and wellbeing, including diabetes, tinnitus and risk of heart disease.

Noise pollution in Oil and Gas

According to recent study achieved by PSE Healthy Energy and West Virginia University, some modern Oil and Gas techniques – such hydraulic fracturing (or “fracking”) – produce noise that may increase adverse effects on human health. 

A fracking well in Colorado, pictured in 2012

Fracking can create noise at levels high enough to harm the health of people living nearby (source phys.org). “Oil and gas operations produce a complex symphony of noise types, including intermittent and continuous sounds and varying intensities,” argued PSE Healthy Energy Executive Director Seth Shonkoff.

A adequate set of policies should be specified, in order to safeguard residents and communities, such particularly vulnerable populations (e.g. schools and hospitals). Noise mitigation techniques like perimeter sound walls, noise barriers and acoustic enclosures could represent the most appropriate solutions to hold back this phenomenon.

Noise impact on marine species

This is not all. A recent study led by International Fund for Animal Welfare, reveals the damaging impact of Oil

Noise pollution can damage marine species

and Gas noise pollution on whales and dolphins. In the report, they put in evidence how new technologies should reduce their impact on marine environment during the exploration phase (source: International Fund for Animal Welfare).

 

Noise and Diseases

Numerous epidemiological studies have linked noise to adverse health outcomes too. They include diabetes, depression, birth complications and cognitive impairment in children.

In facts, apart from damage to hearing, exposure to excessive and constant noise can cause other health problems including:

  • Headache
  • Sleep and heart disease
  • Stress
  • Elevated blood pressure
  • Fatigue
  • Irritability
  • Digestive disorders
  • Increased susceptibility to colds and other minor infections

Noise in Europe: limits and human tolerance

As we know, the loudness of noise is measured in decibels. Sensitivity to noise differs from one individual to the next, but experts believe that damage to hearing occurs when noise levels are higher than 85 decibels, which is about the loudness of heavy traffic.

Every year, 7 million people in Europe die from heart disease, that would put the toll from exposure to noise at around 210,000 deaths. In England heart disease kills 110,000 people annually, so the deaths linked to noise could be around 3,300.

2% of Europeans suffer severely disturbed sleep because of noise pollution. The researchers calculate that chronic exposure to loud traffic noise causes three per cent of all cases of tinnitus, in which sufferers hear constant noise. Length of exposure is important too. In facts, it is not recommendable to listen to noises of 109 decibels for any longer than two minutes in row.

Noise and public health in U.S.

In US the noise phenomena has been studied deeply, causing a direct response by public healthThe Health Impacts Project (HIP) provides since 2013 guidance for policy makers to identify the health consequences of potential projects by making public a national sample of health impact assessment.

Exposure Limits in U.S.

The U.S. EPA recommends an average 24-hr exposure limit of 55 A-weighted decibels (dBA) to protect the public from all adverse effects on health and welfare in residential areas. This limit is a day–night 24-hr average noise level (LDN), with a 10-dBA penalty applied to nighttime levels between 2200 and 0700 hours to account for sleep disruption and no penalty applied to daytime levels.

More info about the Noise sources and Soundproofing solutions in industrial sector can be found here.

 

 

Environmental Integrity and Low Emissions: Power-Gen relies on digital progress

Everything is ready for the 25th anniversary of Power-Gen, coming next June 27-29. Main focus: digital technologies and renewable energies.

“Making sense of power in Cologne 2017”. This is the payoff spotted for the Power-Gen Europe, international Oil & Gas event taking place in Cologne, next June 27-29.

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After a highly successful show in Milan, Power-Gen Europe moves to Cologne (Germany) the place where the transition is most meaningful.

In facts, the European power segment is re-defining itself, trying to align with the most complex features arisen by digital age. In order to attain the most prominent technological implementations onto the Power Generation scenario, three days of plenary sessions have been scheduled.

The purposes pertain to several areas:

  • Power Plant Technology
  • Distributed Power Generation
  • Renewable Sources
  • Energy Service Providers
  • Energy Utilities

 

Since its founding in 1993, the forum has been taken place annually at different locations. Attracting a worldwide audience, it is the industry’s premier event, resolved to discussing solutions for advancing Europe’s energy future. Hence Big Data and automation for the future of Power Generation. Relying on the variety of data collected during the power generation process, it will be soon possible to obtain new methods to support better decision and optimized operations.

Featuring the leading suppliers, sub-suppliers, service providers and end-users across the entire value chain, the trade-show encapsulates all aspects of today’s centralised and distributed power generation sector.


Workshops:

#1 | DEVELOPING A SECURE AND AFFORDABLE GAS MARKET

28 June 2017 – 09:00-12:30

Europe’s future energy security will be greatly enhanced by a robust, efficient and competitive gas system. The workshop will face the challenges and risks concerning the development of a secure and affordable European gas market.

 

#2 | CARBON EMISSIONS MANAGEMENT

28 June 2017 – 14:00-17:30

Efficient emissions management reduces energy and consequential costs, and increases corporate reputation and environmental integrity. This workshop provides an independent and objective assessment of emissions management from both a market and policy perspective.


 

The PowerGen Europe
Tuesday, 27 June / Thursday, 29 June
Cologne – Germany

 

Stopson Italiana exhibits at Power-Gen Europe in Cologne

After its last attendance to Power-Gen Asia in Seoul, Stopson Italiana will fly to Cologne for the 25th Anniversary of the trade show.

For all those attending, Stopson Italiana will make available its technical expertise to support any demanding requirements to develop new sound-proofing and noise abatement solutions in the Power Industry.

Celebrating 25 years of history, POWER-GEN represents the leading force in delivering a platform for the power industry to meet, share information and discuss about new progress in applied technologies for the growth of energy’s future.

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 Attracting over 8,300 delegates and attendees from more than 85 countries, Power-Gen Europe represents the industry’s premier conference and exhibition dedicated to the power generation, renewable and alternative energy and transmission and distribution industries.
This year marks a new format for POWER-GEN Europe and Renewable Energy World Europe, with the decision to run our popular Keynote and Plenary sessions on the first day as opposed to splitting them over 2 days. The conferences provided will cover Hydropower, Finance and Energy Storage.
As a well-established knowledge base for the power industry, the aim of the exhibition will be connecting professionals engaged in Europe’s energy change, identifying opportunities for innovation, and business development across the sectors.
Since 1965 Stopson Italiana has been considered one of the largest provider of noise control solutions such as silencers, enclosures, vent equipment and test facilities for any industrial applications.

Power-Gen Europe 2017 will take place in Cologne (Germany), June 27-29, and Stopson Italiana will be exhibiting at Hall #8 – Booth J33.

Stopson HVAC Soundproofing Systems

How Industrial Silencers work in HVAC systems

Crucial factors to take in account when silencers have to be installed in HVAC plants.

One of the most frequent application of soundproofing technology (like Acoustic Louvers and Intake Silencers) encompasses definitely the installation on HVAC plants. These installations release sound emission into the environment, often exceeding the allowed thresholds.

That’s because of the noise created by airflow produced by motors or fan. In other cases, the sound waves tend to break out through the walls of the ductwork and spill out into a room. Often, the noise travels the length of the ductwork and spill out the mouth at the vent.

Acoustic EnclosuresAccording to their functions, these machines are arranged in outdoor places, like courtyards and terraces. Hence, the first step is to evaluate the area in which the HVAC systems should be set. That means an accurate mapping process of noise propagation, including ventilation of buildings, enclosures, and equipment rooms. Integration of noise control measures such as silencers and louvers, into the system design requires careful consideration of space constraints, fan selection and aerodynamic pressure losses.

The need is, one one hand, to reduce the noise generated by air or gas flow. On the other, to avoid of compromising the air or gas flow itself, with keeping the pressure drop as low as possible too. For these reason the Stopson Acoustic Louvers, Intake Silencers and Acoustic Enclosures can be considered suitable for these multiple industrial applications. The silencers can be added on the ventilation circuit and combined with the machine, in order to completely acoustically isolate it in any direction.

The HVAC silencers are an excellent choice for applications requiring maximum insertion loss (noise reduction), low static pressure drop, low maintenance, and quick delivery. Stopson’s offer encompasses the design and engineering assistance to integrate the HVAC system with its attenuators. Both ready-made silencers and custom built solutions are offered. The benefits are: durability, surface finishing, ease to operate.

C.O.R.U. Project Moscow

Stopson Italiana delivers Vent Silencers for Refinery and Petrochemical Projects in Russia

EAC certified vent silencers successfully supplied for Oil & Gas projects in Moscow and Kingisepp

Stopson Italiana has recently completed delivery of 10 silencers to be installed at Combined Oil Refinery Unit (CORU), in the Moscow Refinery and 9 vent silencers to be installed at the new Ammonia plant under construction in Kingisepp, Russia, according to the data below:

  • C.O.R.U. Project – no. 10 SPM and PSP vent silencers for the Combined Oil Refinery Unit, with flow rates from 0,4 to 46 t/h. Temperatures from 150 °C to 450 °C, noise levels 80 dB(A) @ 1 m.
  • Kingisepp Project – No. 9 SPM vent silencers for the Ammonia plant, i.e. Steam and CO2 with flow rates from 1 to 130 t/h. Temperatures from 110 °C to 515 °C, noise level 85-110 dB(A) @ 1 m.

9 SPM Vent Silencers Ammonia PlantAll silencers have engineered according to the highly demanding EPC and end user’s technical specifications. They have been manufactured in Italy in special materials, including stainless steel for internal components, and certified in accordance with EAC TR CU 010 standards for Russian market.

Stopson’s Vent Silencers can be installed downstream any device acting as a link between a container of pressurized gaseous fluid and the atmosphere. The vent silencer can also provide high or low back pressure relief for the system ensuring proper operation.

SPM Vent Silencers, used for higher flows and back pressure, are based on a combined reactive and absorptive principle for noise reduction. The gases expand to atmospheric pressure through a perforated diffuser, providing a first important step in attenuation. The flow evolves into a sound-absorbing lining section to further contribute to reach required noise residual level.

PSP Vent Silencers, used for lower flows and back-pressures, feature an expansion chamber upstream the final absorptive section with no diffuser at the inlet.

A special sound-proofed weather hood is finally heading flow and noise upward, while delivering an effective rain protection and drainage.

Vent silencers can be reactive, absorptive or combined type depending on applications and required attenuation, which can reach as much as 75 dB(A).

Typical Applications for vent silencers are:

  • Safety Valve (PSV)
  • Relief valve (PRV)
  • Control valve
  • Ejector
  • Start up valve
  • Snort-valve
  • Flash and Blow Down Tanks
Stopson Italiana at GasTech

Stopson Italiana exhibits at GasTech 2017 

After the attendance at Offshore Mediterranean Conference (Ravenna), Stopson Italiana is flying to Tokyo for GasTech 2017.

A continuous improvements in Manufacturing and a set of Soundproofing Solutions for Oil & Gas and Power Generation industries. The last technological innovation in Noise Control will be presented within GasTech, the world’s leading gas and LNG conference and exhibition. 

Gastech will be in its 29th edition and 45th year when it arrives at the Makuhari Messe Chiba in Tokyo, Japan from 4 to 7 April 2017. The event will be hosted by the Japan Gastech Consortium made up of Japan’s top 10 natural gas and LNG companies.

Connecting 22000 technical innovators with commercial experts, the conference will draw 2000 conference delegates while its B2B exhibition will provide a platform for over 500 international exhibitors. Its many features and dedicated business networking programmes will also gather over 250 C-level and ministerial VIPs, 150 senior leaders who champion workforce diversity, as well as 250 young energy professionals.

 

GasTech in numbers:

  • 25,000+ visitors
  • 600+ exhibitors
  • 8 country pavilions
  • 4 dedicated Exhibition Zones
  • 2 Product Showcase Theatres
  • dedicated networking zones

Online networking | features and attendees from all sectors | upstream / midstream / downstream

Offshore Mediterranean Conference 2017

Clean Energy and Environmental Sustainability: the OMC 2017 turns toward “green” policies

Trade show and scientific roundtables: the Offshore Mediterranean Conference will host more than 1,300 delegates and 650 international exhibitors

Rome – From transition to a low carbon economy, to the role of the Mediterranean as a gas hub.

To meet the growing demand for energy of the future (+ 30% to 2035) the representatives of the Mediterranean countries together with some of the highest levels of the oil & gas industry will meet within the International Offshore Mediterranean Conference (OMC), the biennial conference and trade show dedicated to the upstream operator that will be held in Ravenna, next March 29-31. The thirteenth edition of the OMC 2017, has been presented last week in the Ministry of Economic Development in Rome. The main focus of the opening session held by Minister Carlo Calenda (March 29, 10.30am) will be titled “Transition to a sustainable energy mix: the contribution of oil and gas“. The plenary conference will be also attended by the Ministers of Energy of Egypt, Iraq, Cyprus, Lebanon and Greece, together with Eni’s CEO, Claudio Descalzi, and Edison, Marc Benayoum.

This event will represent an important opportunity to compare the energy and climate policies of the Mediterranean countries. But also a workshop for summarizing the different contribution that the main players could give in in order to achieve sustainability’ objectives“.

In this regard – argued General Director for Environmental Safety Activities’ mineral and energy of Mise, Franco TerlizzeseItaly is finalizing the update of the climate and energy strategy, which will result within the “SEN” (National Energetic Strategy) in 2017, as a tool to define primary action and manage the key role of the energy sector in the context of sustainable growth. All these components will take into account the European objectives of the Clean Energy Package, aiming to sight targets always more challenging“.

The Offshore Mediterranean Conference and Exhibition, the main showcase oil and gas in the Mediterranean basin, which will see the participation of over 1,300 delegates, representatives of producer countries not only in the Mediterranean but also Sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East. Within a ​​30 thousand square meters area will be hosted 650 exhibitors from 30 countries, the presence of all the major European oil company of North Africa and Middle East.

Started in 1993 as a regional event, in its more than 20 years of activity OMC has experienced a remarkable growth in terms of attendance figures, exhibiting companies and conference quality, achieving an international status. It is now worldwide recognized as a key event within the Oil & Gas sector, the Offshore Industry and the related services.

 

Main topics:

 

  • Drilling and Completions
  • Exploration & Production
  • Marine Equipment & Services
  • Reservoir Description and Dynamic
  • Platforms (Fixed & Floating)
  • Safety, Environmental Protection & Regulatory Services
  • Management & Information Technology
  • Pumps & Compressors
  • Power Supply
  • Tubulars & Piping
  • Valves & Actuators
  • Process Equipment &Services
  • Corrosion & Control
  • Transportation & Communication

 

Technology Keywords:

  • 02002 Industrial Manufacture
  • 02003 Process control and logistics
  • 02004 Plant Design and Maintenance
  • 02007 Materials Technology
  • 03002 Process Plant Engineering
  • 03008 Mining Technologies
  • 10002 Environment Market Keywords
  • 06001 Oil and Gas Exploration and Production
  • 06004 Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOI)
  • 06007 Other Energy
  • 08001 Chemicals and Materials
  • 08002 Industrial Automation
  • 08004 Pollution and Recycling Related

 

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Stopson Italiana exhibits at OMC 2017

Stopson Italiana will launch 2017 exhibition program with Offshore Mediterranean Conference 2017 in Ravenna next week, presenting the technological excellence of its products and services for the Oil & Gas Industry.

 

Next OMC 2017 will address the theme of transition: the Paris Cop 21 Agreement and the recent decline in oil prices promise to reshape the Oil & Gas Industry.

Over three days a wealth of industry professionals and decision makers will share ideas, new research and innovation, highlighting how the oil & gas industry can and must contribute to a sustainable future.

The recent huge gas discoveries in the Mediterranean confirm once more its role as a natural energy hub, capable of channelling  the energy flows from Africa  to the European continent.

For all those attending, Stopson Italiana will make available its technical expertise to support any demanding requirements to develop new sound-proofing solutions in the Oil & Gas Industry.

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In more than 22 years since being launched, each OMC edition was a record-breaking one, and the last event in March 2015 has been the biggest and best ever held.

With trend-bucking increases in both visitors and exhibitors number – 688 companies from 33 countries – OMC also welcomed more than 18,900 visitors from 69 countries worldwide.

Since 1965 Stopson Italiana has been considered one of the largest provider of noise control solutions such as silencers, enclosures, vent equipment and test facilities for any industrial applications.
Offshore Mediterranean Conference 2017, will take place in Ravenna, Italy, March 29-31. Stopson Italiana will be exhibiting at Booth 3N24.

 

Gastech 2017

Stopson Italiana will exhibit at OMC 2017 and Gastech 2017

Two among the largest International Trade Show for Oil & Gas industry
Stopson will present its products of technological excellence within the Offshore Mediterranean Exhibition & Conference (Ravenna, IT), and Gastech (Tokyo). Two events that will bring together hundreds of companies and organizations from worldwide.
For all those attending, Stopson Italiana will make available its technical expertise to support any demanding requirements to develop new sound-proofing solutions in the Power Generation Industry and Oil & Gas.

Offshore Mediterranean Conference (OMC)
29-31 March 2017 | Ravenna ITALY

Gastech 2017
4-7 April 2017 | Chiba-Tokyo

ExxonMobil Singapore

ExxonMobil keeps expanding Singapore

A new refinery for blended lubricants to meet lower emission and raise fuel economy

Last February 16th, ExxonMobil Corp. has announced the expansion of its Singapore refinery to support the production of the company’s EHC™ Group II base stocks.

The aim is to develop the global supply of these products, enhancing the Singapore facility’s competitiveness. In facts, the project has been meant to enable customers “to blend lubricants that satisfy more-stringent specifications, help reduce emissions, and improve fuel economy and low-temperature performance“, ExxonMobil said.

On the other hand, Reuters published last week an announcement that a carbon tax on direct emitters is to be introduced from 2019. A strong signal that places Singapore – Asia’s main oil trading hub – in the way to moving towards a longer-term future dominated by cleaner technology and resources.

The ExxonMobil’s EHC product line has been designed to maximize the performance of all major automotive engine oil grades and to enhance the performance of finished lubricants used in multiple industries.

This expansion project represents the latest in a series of recent ExxonMobil investments in base stock production, including a previous expansion of capacity at the Singapore refinery in 2014, a recently-commissioned project at the company’s major integrated facility in Baytown, Texas, and introduction of Group II base stocks into European markets ahead of the anticipated completion of the new Rotterdam hydrocracker unit in 2018.

ExxonMobil released that a cogeneration project has started to improve energy efficiency and reduce emissions at the Singapore refinery. Construction is expected to begin during the second quarter of 2017 with completion anticipated in 2019.