Supermajor incorporates Distran's hand-held ultrasonic imaging device to localize methane leaks in refinery

August 16, 2019 | Case Study

Despite natural gas's reputation as the cleanest fossil fuel available, the industry is currently struggling to address fugitive methane emissions that originate from oil and gas activities. With the global demand for natural gas projected to double in the next two decades, this will create an even larger issue for methane emissions in the coming years. Across the oil and gas supply chain, there are many emission sources, ranging from pipelines and storage tanks to flaring/venting, injection pumps, and even the wells themselves. However, based on data from the EPA, leaks from equipment like compressors and pneumatic controllers represent the primary source of global greenhouse emissions across the oil and gas value chain, highlighting the industry's major bottleneck in identifying faulty equipment and localizing gas leaks within a facility.

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