Gas Pipeline Leak Detection

Drone based Gas Pipeline Leak Detection

  • There are 2.8 million kilometers of gas pipelines worldwide – much of it aging and leak-prone
  • Oil & Gas companies are losing billions of dollars annually through leaks, third party intervention, environmental damage and public relations debacles
  • Current leak detection techniques are unreliable and very expensive
  • Based on recent pipeline disasters, regulators in the US and elsewhere are mandating active leak detection systems
  • Drones offer unprecedented remote access to the entire pipeline
  • Sensor technology is currently undergoing a revolution in size-reduction and capabilities
  • Pending NASA – Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL) license offers a laser spectrometer methane sensor that is 100x more sensitive and 10x lighter than current sensors
  • This is the same sensor that flew on the spacecraft Curiosity that detected methane on Mars