Featured Articles

  1. Reliable Leak Detection In Industrial Gas Pressure-Relief Stations
    6/28/2019

    Tessenderlo Kerley International is a chemical group that supplies value-added liquid, soluble, and solid plant nutrition for agriculture applications with a focus on the production of potassium sulfate. Tessenderlo Kerley relies on third parties, like Belgian inspection company, The Sniffers, to inspect for leaks of natural gas at their site on a regular basis. This case study follows the company as it tested the FLIR GF77 uncooled optical gas imaging camera during a leak detection job.

  2. Optical Gas Imaging At Jonah Energy: Saving Gas And Money Through Regular OGI Surveys
    6/7/2017

    The oil and gas industry loses an average of eight million metric tons of methane through gas leaks every year. Although this does not equate to some major methane leaks in the past, such as at the Aliso Canyon natural gas storage facility in 2015, the industry is still faced with how to best find and repair leaks at potential escape points. As an alternative to the industry standard for leak detection and repair, Optical Gas Imaging (OGI) is being used to make surveys easier and more efficient.

  3. FLIR GFx320: The Intrinsically Safe Optical Gas Imaging Camera
    11/30/2017

    Intrinsically safe equipment can minimize fire risks and potentially remove the need to obtain a hot work permit for hazardous areas. Inspectors can get to work faster and to enter more areas that require checking for fugitive gas emissions. Intrinsically Safe is a protection technique for the design and operation of electrical equipment in hazardous areas. These products are designed to control energy (electrical and thermal) to nonincendive levels so any short circuit or failure will not cause sparks – an important feature in explosive atmospheres. This article discusses the importance of intrinsically safe products and introduces the FLIR GFx320 as an intrinsically safe camera.

  4. 10 Tips For Getting The Most Out Of An Optical Gas Imaging (OGI) Camera
    11/30/2017

    Optical Gas Imaging (OGI) technologies enable the oil and gas industry to incorporate a safer and more efficient ‘Smart LDAR’ (Leak Detection and Repair) program where inspectors can detect fugitive emissions and leaks much faster. OGI saves money, not only through efficiency but also by improving the safety of company personnel and assets. This article offers ten tips that will help you get the most out of OGI cameras.

  5. Gas Detection: The Professional Guide
    11/8/2017

    Optical Gas Imaging (OGI) infrared cameras offer a fast, non-contact means of detecting fugitive gas emissions on worksites from a safe distance. This guide book discusses OGI camera operation, the types of gases they can visualize, and the variety of industries and applications where these cameras may be of use. Additional topics include the comparison of longwave and midwave gas detection cameras, OGI detector operation, gases detected, tips and techniques, as well as survey safety.

  6. FLIR Optical Gas Imaging Camera Helps Improve Environment And Safety At Borealis Stenungsund
    4/13/2018

    Petrochemical plants usually handle invisible gaseous hydrocarbons that could pose safety issues. Leak detection is of vital importance, especially when these gases are toxic, highly flammable, or have a negative impact on the environment. One petrochemical plant, the Borealis high-pressure, low-density polyethylene (LDPE) plant in Stenungsund, Sweden, produces LDPE products for the cable and wire sector, and delivers ethylene, which is converted into polyethylene in a high-pressure polymerization process. This case study tells about how this company uses FLIR optical gas imaging cameras for gas leak detection at a distance and in hard-to-access locations.

  7. BP Chemicals Enhances Site Safety With FLIR Infrared
    5/17/2017

    BP Chemicals produces acetic acid and is responsible for a significant portion of the world’s capacity. Every year, the company invests millions of pounds into improving production efficiency, minimizing environmental impact, and protecting its employees. 

  8. The Science Behind Optical Gas Imaging
    11/8/2017

    This article covers the different methods and scientific techniques behind optical gas imaging including how the detectors operate, cooling methods, and image normalization. Additional topics include spectral adaptation, gas infrared absorption spectra, gas stream visualization, and key concepts for making gas clouds visible.

  9. Inspectahire Relies On Optical Gas Imaging For Leak Detection In The Offshore Oil And Gas Industry
    6/7/2017

    Inspectahire is a company that helps customers manage the safety, profitability, and environmental impacts of their assets through remote visual inspection technologies and solutions. The FLIR’s GFx320 Optical Gas Imaging (OGI) camera is their preferred technology to use when tasked with the detection of fugitive hydrocarbon emissions.

  10. FLIR GF320 Used To Detect Gas Leakage In Biogas Facilities
    5/17/2017

    As awareness of leaks within biogas facilities has grown, gas camera technology has also increased in use in order to easily show leaks. This application note explains how the FLIR GF320 was used to assess leakage in biogas facilities.