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Innovative Methane Leaks Monitoring Technology in Oil and Gas Industry in United States

The oil and gas industry is the largest industrial source of methane emissions in the United States, responsible for approximately one-third of total U.S. methane emissions.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has implemented regulations under the Clean Air Act to help reduce methane emissions from oil and gas industry. In light of these regulations, it is essential for oil and gas companies to take effective steps to monitor methane leaks.

Cubic, a leading manufacturer of gas sensors and gas analyzers, has leveraged a mature technology platform of Tunable Diode Laser Absorption Spectroscopy (TDLAS) and has innovatively developed a superior and reliable methane gas sensor, Gasboard-2502, which could be applied for methane leaks detection in oil and gas industry.

On the basis of the TDLAS principle, Cubic methane gas sensor, Gaboard-2502, has been specially designed with a long optical path for multiple light reflections, which enables the sensor to achieve ultra-low detection limit and high resolution in the low concentration range. Aiming at low-concentration methane leakage in the atmospheric background, Gasboard-2502 can achieve highly selective and accurate methane leakage detection, with a minimum detection limit of 1ppm and a resolution of 0.1ppm. Furthermore, it boasts fast response times with a warm-up time of less than 10 seconds. Considering adaptation to outdoor harsh working conditions and complex environments, Gasboard-2502 also has superior advantages due to implementation of TDLAS technology for anti-humidity, and embedded temperature compensation algorithm and self-diagnosis function for environmental compatibility. With the compact modular structure, Gasboard-2502 has been gradually integrated into more and more fixed detectors in oil and gas industry for methane emission monitoring.

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