Statoil is using military technology to detect hydrocarbon leaks at its Eagle Ford operations.
As part of the US Onshore Emissions Reductions Program, the Norwegian operator is using an infrared camera to cutback on methane leaks, which are considered more potent than CO2.
Statoil senior researcher Desikan Sundararajan said: “When you switch from an optical mode to an infrared mode on that camera you can start to see plumes of gases rising or plumes of hydrocarbon gases rising out if there are any fugitives or if there is any leaks that are coming out from a device. It was a technology which was developed by the military for night vision glasses based on thermal profiling so it’s a very cool technology.”
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