Methane emissions are on the increase, according to recent studies. Oil and gas operators will do well to invest in leak detection and repair efforts as they can save money in the long run. When methane gas emissions are sealed, it will prevent loss of precious fuel source, resulting in economic benefits. From using drones to detect leaks in remote locations to using apps to monitor underground pipelines, there are many ways in which oil and gas operators can invest in leak detection and repair initiatives.
Leak Detection And Repair Makes Sense As It Offers Economic Benefits
Current estimates of methane leaks are 27% higher than figures that were previously available. This means that oil and gas operators can look at leak detection and repair as a means of protecting their investment for a longer term. Scheduling regular inspection of pipelines, oil and gas wells and investing in gas detection equipment at key locations will go a long way in preventing further leaks.
Mark Brownstein said in a recent article:
“In the inventory published in April 2016, current emissions are about 27% higher than the figures used by One Future.
Higher emissions mean that leak detection and repair, along with other measures, would almost certainly reduce even more emissions, making the economic and environmental benefits of avoiding lost methane greater for every dollar spent.”
Wireless alarms are a good way of finding leaks at remote or inaccessible locations in oil and gas facilities.
A Tablet App Can Help Monitor Problems In Underground Pipelines
A new tablet app makes it possible to monitor leak detection in underground pipelines. This innovation can help pipeline operators find and fix pipeline leaks in a short span of time. This app offers better leak detection accuracy than aerial surveys because it relies on data from Earth-observation satellites. Any suspicious activity observed through this app can be investigated further by sending teams on the ground to the affected area.
Tereza Pultarova said in a recent article:
“A tablet app developed by a Dutch company allows oil and gas pipeline operators to monitor problems on underground pipelines using data from Earth-observation satellites, providing better leak detection accuracy than aerial surveys.”
The app offers accurate information, even though the pipelines are situated 1.5 m underground. This holds a lot of promise in detecting pipeline leaks due to aged pipelines or defective pipelines. Aerial surveys conducted through helicopters often detect a significantly low percentage of gas leaks. This app can help identify gas leaks quickly and reliably, when compared to aerial surveys.
Leak detection and repair initiatives by oil and gas companies are recommended as it results in economic benefits over the long term. Innovative ideas and devices can help find and fix leaks reliably and quickly.