Visualising methane leaks

firimaging1FLIR Systems’ Optical Gas Imaging (OGI) cameras make hydrocarbon leaks visible and turn a greenhouse gas problem into a revenue and energy stream for oil and gas producers.

A recent feature in the New York Times discussed how a report commissioned by the US Environmental Defense Fund stated reducing methane leaks from oil and gas operations around the world could provide a relatively inexpensive way to fight climate change. The amount of methane that escaped worldwide in 2012 was roughly 3.6 trillion cubic feet and would have been worth $30 billion on the market. At the same time environmental agencies are pushing to reduce emissions of methane since it is a powerful greenhouse gas – 84 times more powerful than carbon dioxide. FLIR’s OGI technology offers a path forward for industry to meet new regulations cost effectively.

The FLIR GF320 OGI camera is a preventative maintenance solution to spot hydrocarbon leaks in piping, flanges and connections in petrochemical operations. The camera can rapidly scan large areas and pinpoint leaks in real time. It is ideal for monitoring plants that are difficult to reach with contact measurement tools. Literally thousands of components can be scanned per shift without the need to interrupt the process.