Fugitive Methane Inspections with drones

New EPA rules require frequent monitoring and repair of methane leaks that cause fugitive emissions from industrial facilities, such as oil and gas installations, chemical plants, and other manufacturing sites. Fugitive emissions refer to unintended releases of gases or vapors from equipment, pipelines, or other components of industrial processes.

Drones provide a compliant, scalable, safe and efficient means to search for and quantify the presence of methane and other gases, including volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and other pollutants.

Cost-effectiveness and efficiency

Drones offer an efficient and cost saving alternative to traditional manual inspections. UAS can quickly cover large areas, access difficult-to-reach locations, and provide real-time data without disrupting operations. This efficiency can lead to significant direct and indirect savings for companies.

Methane Drone Payload
VOC Gas Inspection Drone

Safety Standards

The inspection of fugitive methane emissions often involve hazardous environments, and manual inspections pose safety risks to ground or structure based personnel. Drones mitigate these risks by eliminating the need for workers to physically access potentially dangerous areas, enabling a safer inspection process..

Regulatory Compliance

In December 2023 the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced its final rule targeting methane emissions from the oil and gas sector. Under the ‘Super Emitter’ program the EPA allows third parties to track large emissions events and drone service providers such as CANUAS can help companies meet these regulatory requirements by providing thorough and documented assessments of emissions sources. More info here

Gas Storage Tank Methane Detection

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