Is your Petrochemical Plant in Need of a Degassing Operator?

The 3 Most Common Areas of Concern your Provider Should Address before You Sign on the Dotted Line

We at Envent have been in the business of mobile vapor and water treatment for over 20 years.  We are fully aware that degassing jobs at refineries and petrochemical plants, two of the most technically sophisticated places on the planet, require a zero tolerance policy for mistakes. It’s the way it should be, and there is no substitute for just plain doing things “the right way.”  Degassing and vapor control is too important to be left in the hands of an inexperienced operator, so we thought we would let you in on the three most common concerns we address from our customers so you can ensure that you, too, are in more than capable hands when you decide on who to hire for the job.


Safety is of course the leader in concern areas when choosing a degassing operator.  Clearly there is a most obvious emphasis on workplace safety within an environment that has the ever present hazards pertaining to the aforementioned job site locations. One doesn’t need to wear a hard hat as a professional compulsory to understand the importance. A total commitment to health, safety and environmental protection is a major expectation of customers. Look for an operating company that has an ISNetworld ‘A’ rating in safety performance and minimal TRIR (Total Recordable Incidents Reported) and EMRs (Experience Modification Rate). Do your research!

Regulatory Compliance

As “multiservice” vendors expand their product lines with tank cleaning and vacuum trucks, companies must closely inspect a potential vendor’s compliance records and level of experience. Each State has its own Air Quality Management District that protects the health and safety of that particular State’s residents. If a degassing vendor fails to adhere to the district’s law, in full compliance to the letter, the district will immediately issue a Notice of Violation (NOV). NOVs are more than just an inconvenience or a slap on the wrist and can, in fact, act as a catalyst to bad publicity, ill will from the community, fines and penalties levied against BOTH the company in question and the offending operating vendor. Choose carefully!


It isn’t any big secret that a company that doesn’t offer its services at a competitive rate won’t get the job or even be around much longer to offer their services at any rate at all. However, you should always be cognizant of the “multiservice” or “jack of all trades” venders who cut costs by cutting corners. Trusted, reliable operators can provide superior quality at competitive price points due to their reputation and longevity in the industry with proven results.  Cost is important, but don’t be fooled by inexperienced operators masquerading as experienced industry professionals tying to earn a quick buck by taking on one of the most dangerous jobs in refinery. Inexpensive doesn’t necessarily mean cheap!