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Visualizing Methane Leaks from Oil & Gas Operations

FLIR Systems Optical Gas Imaging (OGI) cameras make hydrocarbon leaks visible and turn a greenhouse gas problem into a revenue and energy stream for oil and gas producers.

A recent feature in the New York Times discussed how a report commissioned by the US Environmental Defense Fund stated reducing methane leaks from oil and gas operations around the world could provide a relatively inexpensive way to fight climate change.

The amount of methane that escaped worldwide in 2012 was roughly 3.6 trillion cubic feet and would have been worth $30 billion on the market. At the same time environmental agencies are pushing to reduce emissions of methane since it is a powerful greenhouse 84 times more powerful than carbon dioxide. FLIR’s OGI technology offers a path forward for industry to meet new regulations cost effectively.


The FLIR GF320 OGI camera is a preventative maintenance solution to spot hydrocarbon leaks in piping, flanges and connections in petrochemical operations. The camera can rapidly scan large areas and pinpoint leaks in real time. It is ideal for monitoring plants that are difficult to reach with contact measurement tools.

Literally thousands of components can be scanned per shift without the need to interrupt the process. It reduces repair downtime and provides verification of the process. Above all it is exceptionally safe, allowing potentially dangerous leaks to be monitored from several meters away.

The FLIR GF320 is proven to significantly improve work safety, environmental and regulatory compliance as well as helping to improve the bottom line by finding leaks that essentially decrease profits. The new GF320 now embeds GPS data into the image allowing workers to pinpoint the location of the leak or hot spot.

To watch the video 'Visualizing the Unseen' please visit’s OGI cameras. For further information on FLIR OGI cameras please contact FLIR Systems by telephone on +32-3665-5100, or email [email protected].

About FLIR Systems

FLIR Systems, Inc. is a world leader in the design, manufacture, and marketing of sensor systems that enhance perception and awareness. FLIR's advanced thermal imaging and threat detection systems are used for a wide variety of imaging, thermography, and security applications, including airborne and ground-based surveillance, condition monitoring, research and development, manufacturing process control, search and rescue, drug interdiction, navigation, transportation safety, border and maritime patrol, environmental monitoring, and chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosives (CBRNE) detection. For more information, go to FLIR's web site at


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