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TP Europe LDAR program ISO/IEC 17025 VLAREL approved

By decree of February 14, 2019, the Flemish Government published the approval of TP Europe as a laboratory for the execution of leak detection programs (LDAR) and determination of emissions in accordance with ISO/IEC 17025 and NBN-EN 15446. For TP Europe this approval represents the possibility of entrance to customers in the Flemish region where independently verified laboratories are required.

The VLARAL approval is based on an extensive audit procedure by VITO (Vlaamse Instelling voor Technologisch Onderzoek) whereby theoretical knowledge, professional skills and thorough procedures in the field of detection of volatile organic compounds (VOC’s) were found to be in accordance with ISO/IEC 17025. The research that precedes the approval is based on general principles of quality for measurements according to ISO/IEC 17025 and specific norms such as NBN-EN 15446 (Fugitive and diffuse emissions of common concern to industry sectors- Measurement of fugitive emission of vapors generating from equipment and piping leaks). This EN-norm is based on the principles of the EPA21 method (Determination of organic compound leaks) and EPA453 (Protocol for equipment leak emission estimates).

Independent recognition of TP Europe LDAR program
The VLAREL approval represents a major formal recognition of TP Europe’s expertise in the field of Leak Detection and Repair management, which we have globally exhibited over the past 20 years. Adequate LDAR management enables companies to comply with regulations and at the same time realize cost savings. Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and volatile hazardous air pollutants (VHAPs) leaking from process equipment have direct impact on ambient air quality and indirect impact on public health. Besides these health and environmental consequences, historical data indicate that product losses in refineries can add up to hundreds of tons and lead to significant economic damage. TP Europe’s comprehensive approach has proven to be effective, in average we attain 70% reduction of losses within 2 years.

What are the benefits of ISO/IEC 17025 VLAREL approval?
For our customers, especially in the Flemish part of Belgium, this approval means that TP Europe is a competent partner who fulfills the legal requirements for the execution of LDAR programs. Besides the legal aspect, this approval confirms our technical competence, assuring our customers that LDAR programs managed by TP Europe are accurate and reliable. Not only our professional competence but also our sound quality system have proven to be of outstanding level. TP Europe has the knowledge and the experience to assist and guide companies in the chemical and petrochemical industries to streamline and optimize their LDAR processes and management. With our TP.LDAR management software we developed dedicated software for full process of LDAR data management, starting with component identification and finishing with data analysis and reports.

TP Europe LDAR procedure

Our LDAR management program consists of five basic elements:

  1. Identifying components with unique ID, recorded in P&IDs
  2. Leak definition with threshold standards for measurement
  3. Monitoring components, detection and automated data logging
  4. Repairing components, first repair upon detection of leaks or preparation of repair list
  5. Record keeping of all ID number with results of detection and repair activities
     

TP Europe has developed innovative software which not only ensures flawless automatic tagging of components, but also enables detailed reporting for repair orders or statutory environmental reporting. This software is fully compatible with ERP systems, such as SAP, Maximo and others. The software is a web based application with a client portal giving secured access to specific client database.

TP Europe will be happy to provide you with any further information you may require. We are ready to share our knowledge and experience to streamline your LDAR processes and management. For general information please refer to the monitoring services and asset integrity management sections of our website.

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