FLIR Systems has announced the launch of the FLIR GFx320, an optical gas imaging (OGI) camera for the oil and gas industry.
The OGI camera is designed for use in potentially explosive atmospheres. It detects and visualises invisible hydrocarbon gas emissions, such as methane, and common volatile organic compounds (VOCs) found at oil and natural gas facilities. It carries certifications to global standards and is recognised as intrinsically safe, explosion-protected equipment by the International Electrotechnical Commission.
Instead of scanning for fugitive and non-fugitive gas emissions from outside hazardous areas, with the FLIR GFx320 workers can assess potential risks from afar and, once the area is deemed safe, enter with the camera to continue scanning. The camera allows surveyors to improve their safety and work with more confidence on the job site.
The camera is calibrated to measure temperature, allowing users to achieve optimal thermal contrast between the gas compound and the background scene. The camera is also verified to meet sensitivity standards defined in the US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) OOOOa methane rule, and tags each recording with GPS data to meet additional regulatory requirements for reporting. Andy Teich, President and CEO at FLIR, said: “With the recent tightening of methane regulations both in the United States and globally, oil and gas producers need a fast and safe way to find and image gas emissions […] With the ability to keep workers safe and identify greenhouse gases such as methane, the GFx320 represents another critical example of FLIR’s technology helping to protect lives and preserve the environment.”
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