Fugitive emissions in the petroleum and natural gas industry can come from a variety of sources and are classified as intentional (venting from tanks, compressor vents and stacks) or unintentional (equipment wear and tear, improper assembly, damage or manufacturing defects). Most of these fugitive gas leaks are considered insignificant or too small to determine the location of the leak for repairing. New studies have proven that these fugitive leaks not only waste substantial amounts of potential revenue, but they can contribute sizable greenhouse gas and volatile organic compound emissions as well as create safety hazards. With new regulations on the horizon, the petroleum and natural gas industry is forced to find cost effective and efficient methods to successfully detect and measure fugitive emissions.
The GF320 optical gas imaging camera is an innovative technology attracting a lot of attention from the industry, government and the public. This camera looks like a common camcorder but is unique in that it makes invisible hydrocarbon gas emissions from pipelines, processing plants, well locations and compressor stations appear as visible gas leaking from equipment. The camera provides visual images of fugitive gas emissions with specific identification of the origin of the emissions thus making repairs easier and more accurate.
Using the GF320 optical gas imaging camera provides cost effective solutions compared to the traditional leak detection methods of gas sniffers where each component must be evaluated individually.