What is an LDAR Program?

LDAR, or Leak Detection and Repair, is a body of regulations that help regulate equipment leaks and shares best practices on monitoring and detecting leaks. Oil and gas leaks can not only be harmful to the environment, but also result in costly wastefulness for your company. That’s why oil and gas companies use an internal LDAR Program to guide their own operation through finding, managing, and repairing leaks before they become serious environmental hazards.

According to the EPA, “leaking equipment, such as valves, pumps, and connectors, are the largest source of emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and volatile hazardous air pollutants (VHAPs) from petroleum refineries and chemical manufacturing facilities.”


LDAR Regulatory Compliance

While there are federal regulations that dictate what a strong LDAR program looks like, it’s also important to note state and local regulations may sometimes add more strict requirements. That’s why it’s important to work with a local environmental consultant when crafting internal guidelines for your organization to follow.


When do I need an LDAR Survey?

Whitehead Environmental Solutions can help you establish an LDAR program, audit an existing program, or use advanced technology such as FLIR and OGI cameras to detect emissions and recommend repairs.

Services we can provide related to LDAR include:

  • Gas emission survey
  • LDAR survey
  • FLIR camera to detect fugitive emissions
  • Optical gas imaging (OGI) camera to find emission leaks
  • Help building an LDAR plan
  • Auditing a current LDAR plan

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