Posted 11/24/15 (Tue)
By Cecile Krimm
Larger than usual flares from the Hess gas plant at Tioga were addressed last week by a maintenance shut down, a Hess official said last week.
Hess’ Tioga gas plant went offline Wednesday, Nov. 18, through Sunday, to address the issues.
“This is expected to cause a temporary increase in flaring in some field locations that may be noticeable near Tioga, Ray, Ross, and Keene while the plant is offline,” said John Roper, senior manager of global onshore communications for the Hess Corporation.
Hess notified local officials and appropriate agencies about the plant maintenance and temporary flaring, he added.
While the exact duration of the maintenance was not known when the announcement was made, the plant was back online Monday.
Roper characterized the maintenance as not entirely unexpected following a major upgrade in plant capacity last year.
“It is not unusual with such complex equipment for there to be some minor mechanical tweaks along the way as we work to make the plant as efficient as possible. Our expectation is for the maintenance being performed while the plant is offline to resolve the issues the plant has been experiencing in recent weeks, including a reduction in the flaring that you may have noticed,” Roper said.