Gas Leak Imaging
MultiSensor Scientific has developed an advanced imaging capability for detecting, visualizing & quantifying methane leaks throughout the natural gas supply chain. By utilizing unique, commercially available infrared detector materials, low-cost electronics and an intuitive user interface, everyone from the wellhead to municipal utilities will be able to locate and measure leaks in real-time. Today's state-of-the-art Optical Gas Imaging systems in-use by the oil and gas industry cost well-over $100,000 to own and have no quantification capability at all. Our solution will be available at a much lower cost-to-own so that all upstream, midstream and downstream players can efficiently and cost-effectively inspect for leaks and prioritize repairs, to the benefit of the producer, consumer and the environment. At MultiSensor Scientific, we aim to ensure efficient, safe and sustainable natural gas production through the power of multispectral imaging.
620 billion cubic feet
... amount of natural gas leaked annually in the United States alone. This is enough natural gas to heat 6.5 million homes for a year! Leaking methane from natural gas infrastructure poses a significant health and safety danger to personnel and residents, where gas accumulating in enclosed spaces can ignite and explode. Methane is also a greenhouse gas contibuting to global climate change and is 84X more potent than CO2 at warming the atmosphere over a 20-year period. The EPA has been studying this issue for several years in collaboration with industry and has recently finalized updated rules designed to curb emissions of methane as well as smog-forming Volatile Organic Compounds throughout the oil & gas industry. Information is now being collected to propose rules requiring emissions inspection of all existing infrastructure as well in an effort to meet the White House's objective of a 40-45% reduction in methane emissions from 2012 levels by 2025.
...estimated annual value of so-called "fugitive emissions" in the United States alone. Simple, common sense leak monitoring programs performed several times a year could reduce these emissions up to 1.7 million metric tons per year. Not only that, but as many as 97% of leaks are already economic to repair.
It is common within the industry these days to quickly inspect many components around a natural gas wellhead or processing facility using a hand-held infrared camera. The benefits of gas leak imaging include the ability to detect potentially explosive leaks from a distance and the ability to scan many more components per hour, making inspectors 20-30X more efficient compared to spot sensors or so-called "sniffers". However, not only are such cameras unaffordable for many municipal utilities, but they are unable to quantify the density or rate of lost methane. Take a look at our Technology page for more information.