The term, “Enhanced Leak Detection and Repair Program,” or, “Enhanced LDAR,” is finding its way into USA petroleum and chemical process plants via consent decrees. Enhanced LDAR is used by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), describing actions that plants must take to attain and go beyond regulatory compliance. Enhanced LDAR covers a number of elements such as quality control, training, monitoring, repairs and most notably, equipment upgrades.
This paper will summarize the elements of a typical, Enhanced LDAR Program with special emphasis on the element of Equipment Upgrades. This element requires the use of valves with performance warranted valve stem sealing technologies, valve replacement and preventive maintenance programs. Also included is an overview of regulations, approved monitoring methods
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