Article | September 4, 2018

Optical Gas Imaging Tools for the Oil and Gas Industry

Source: FLIR Systems, Inc - Optical Gas Imaging

By Craig O’Neill, Strategic Business Development Manager, FLIR

For decades, Infrared (IR) thermal imaging cameras have been used for a variety of oil and gas applications, including electrical/ mechanical inspections, tank level inspections, and even examinations of pipe integrity within process equipment. New optical gas imaging (OGI) technology has been developed in recent years which can “see” hydrocarbon gases and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that are venting or leaking to the atmosphere. OGI can be used for meeting regulatory emission reduction requirements, while also helping to reduce product loss, which in turn provides positive return on investment.

FLIR Systems, Inc - Optical Gas Imaging