The natural gas industry’s embrace of new technologies is driven by many factors, among them: the need for more efficient operation, the desire to improve worker safety, and an eagerness to be responsible corporate citizens. Continuous methane gas monitoring is vital to responsible corporate citizenship and, increasingly, regulatory compliance for oil and gas operators.
As a complement to optical gas imaging (OGI), thermal cameras provide value through improved safety and operational efficiency in a variety of non-gas imaging applications, such as electrical/mechanical, security, tank inspection, and flare stack monitoring.
Tessenderlo Kerley International, a chemical group that supplies value-added liquid, soluble, and solid plant nutrition for agriculture applications with a focus on the production of potassium sulfate, relies on third parties to inspect for leaks of natural gas at their site on a regular basis. This case study follows the company as it tested an uncooled optical gas imaging camera during a leak detection job.
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.
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.