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Checking hydrocarbon leak detection using thermal imaging

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article image Thanks to thermal imaging cameras, Inspectahire can easily detect gases in difficult to reach or hazardous locations
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FLIR GF320 optical gas imaging cameras are employed by Inspectahire for maintenance inspections and hydrocarbon leak detection in the offshore oil and gas industry.

A leading international supplier of specialist remote visual inspection technology and solutions to companies in many industries around the world, Inspectahire uses advanced technologies to help its customers manage their safety, profitability and environmental impact of their assets. When the company is tasked with the detection of fugitive hydrocarbon emissions, FLIR’s GF320 Optical Gas Imaging (OGI) camera is their preferred technology. 

Having worked for three decades in the Oil & Gas industry, both in the North Sea and worldwide, Inspectahire has built up strong expertise in this sector. Inspectahire uses some of the best technologies available in the market to address safety and cost concerns in the offshore oil and gas industry. 

Cailean Forrester, Managing Director of Inspectahire explains the offshore oil and gas industry are proactive in their search for the best technologies for detecting emissions that may affect the safety, profitability and environmental impact of their assets. 

Dangerous gas leaks at oil and gas production plants not only harm the environment, but can cost companies substantial amounts of money. 

According to Cailean Forrester, Inspectahire has been using thermal imaging cameras for a very long time to detect dangerous gas leaks, especially in difficult to reach or hazardous locations. The thermography technology also helps companies prevent costly downtime of their production plant. 

While Inspectahire has been using certain contact measurement tools such as laser detectors or leak sniffers, these devices require the operator to go right up to the object, which is not always safe or even possible. Thermal imaging cameras such as the GF320 allow detection of gas leaks with precision even from a safe distance. 

The Inspectahire team is using the GF320 optical gas imaging camera for maintenance inspections and for all its hydrocarbon detection jobs in hydrocarbon production plants or for the inspection of any material that uses hydrocarbon as a fuel. The GF320 camera offers a range of tangible benefits compared to traditional hydrocarbon leak sniffers because it can scan a broader area much more rapidly and monitor areas that are difficult to reach with contact measurement tools. The portable camera also greatly improves operator safety by detecting emissions at safe distance. 

Cailean Forrester adds that the FLIR GF320 camera is very ergonomic and sensitive to even small leaks, allowing detection of a leakage problem at an early stage. 

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