Enhancing pipeline inspection with optical gas imaging

03 January 2020

FLIR Systems has published a new application spotlight that highlights the role that its optical gas imaging (OGI) cameras are playing in detecting gas leaks from oil and gas pipelines.

Oil and gas pipelines often stretch long distances, carrying a variety of materials. Sometimes the pipes fail, resulting in liquid leaks or fugitive emissions of gas releasing into the environment. Through routine inspections, leaks may be caught early-but this is difficult to accomplish when there are many miles of pipelines in a system, often in remote locations. 

Thermal imaging technology makes it possible to quickly inspect pipelines for leaks, onsite or offsite. With a handheld thermal camera, such as the FLIR GF620, maintenance teams can complete onsite inspections for temperature problems and hydrocarbon gas emissions. For remote inspections of pipelines, an unmanned aerial vehicle – or drone allows operators to inspect both above ground and buried pipelines.

The application spotlight describes how oil and gas technicians and engineers are identifying leaks day and night using FLIR handheld thermal imagers or drone-mounted payloads. For pipelines in remote locations, a drone-mounted FLIR solution can provide good results. Real-time streaming can also transmit visual and thermal data immediately to control room operators for fast corrective actions.

For more information about FLIR in the oil and gas industry or to schedule a product demonstration visit www.flir.com/oilandgas/transmission-transportation

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