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Opgal’s EyeCGas 2.0: Optical Gas Imaging Meets Wireless

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hes may june 19 9Opgal’s EyeCGas 2.0: Optical Gas Imaging Meets Wireless

The pressing reality: Scientists have noted that if humans don’t drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the next decade, the planet will not stop warming that will be “long-lasting” and “irreversible.” This poses a big environmental challenge because the oil and gas production is predicted to keep growing.

The EIA forecasts that dry natural gas production will average 90.3 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) in 2019, (Read More)

(up 6.9 Bcf/d from 2018) and it will continue to grow in 2020 to an average of 92.2 Bcf/d. While the OPEC group forecasts US output of crude oil and other liquids will grow from 14.4 million barrels a day last year to 20.2 million barrels a day in 2025.

Many in the industry have this incorrect notion that a capture requirements and methane rules will address everything. Many facilities still rely on so-called “venting” and “flaring” — when they release into the atmosphere and burn the excess gasses to stabilize the pressure in the system. Curbing such venting and flaring operations can decrease the impact but will not solve the problem either.

What is really needed is new opportunities and solutions for detection and monitoring systems; new methods and solutions to ensure we don’t have that leakage; find fugitive emissions from broken equipment blasting out emissions into the atmosphere.


While natural gas production increased more than 50 percent from 1990-2017, methane emissions from natural gas systems decreased 14 percent. Overall US methane emissions decreased 15 percent. EPA data shows methane makes up about 10 percent of US greenhouse gas emissions, with 36 percent of that coming from agriculture and 31 percent from the fossil fuel industry.

The drop in the emissions is due to technological innovations for addressing fugitive gas leaks which include reduced-emission completions, low-emission valves, and leak detection through sophisticated optical gas imaging (OGI) cameras.

MERIDIAN Energy has announced plans to build “the world’s cleanest refinery” in Texas, US. Thanks to high-level of emissions control technology, primarily OGI cameras, the emissions rates are so low that, for the first time in history, a refinery in the shale-rich Bakken region in North Dakota has been classified as a minor rather than major source under the US air quality rules.

The driving forces behind such innovations are the federal Clean Air Act and strict regulations for emission control, such as the EPA’s “Quad Oa” (OOOOa). Other factors driving the optical imaging camera market are higher inspection frequency and rapid industrialization in emerging countries.

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