Thermal imaging cameras are an ideal monitoring tool for flare stacks, since they allow automated remote monitoring on a 24/7 basis in virtually any weather. In addition, thermal imaging cameras avoid many of the technical and cost-related problems associated with other technologies such as ultraviolet (UV) flame detectors, flame ionization spectrometers, thermocouples, and pyrometers.
Gasification is a promising technology for generating energy. At ISAB Energy, located in the vicinity of Priolo (Sicily), gasifiers are used to convert residual oil fuel into energy under high temperatures. To make sure this process runs smoothly and safely, thermal cameras are continuously monitoring the skin temperature of gasification vessels.
LUKOIL Neftochim Burgas, based in Bulgaria, is the largest oil refinery in Southeastern Europe, processing 9.5 million tons of crude oil per year. The Lukoil oil production sites are vital to the Bulgarian economy, but also present a significant risk. To make sure its critical infrastructure is protected against unwanted intruders, the company called for a fail-proof perimeter security solution centered around thermal imaging cameras.
Monitoring the integrity of hundreds of kilometers of oil or gas pipeline networks may seem like a daunting task at first, but fortunately, technology can take over many of the labor-intensive tasks. Canadian video analytics specialist IntelliView knows the demands of oil and gas pipeline operators all too well. The company recently developed a smart camera solution to remotely monitor oil pump stations for leaks in an automated way.
Optical gas imaging (OGI) cameras have traditionally been designed with cooled IR detectors that offer several advantages over uncooled detectors, but often have higher costs. However, advancements in uncooled technologies have allowed OGI camera manufacturers to design and develop lower cost solutions to OGI industries.