On 9 May 2023, European Parliament adopted the amendments on the proposal for a regulation on methane emissions reduction in the energy sector. The new law is the first piece of EU legislation aimed at cutting methane emissions and covers direct methane emissions from energy sector, including oil and gas industry. It is worth noting that obligations of operators from oil and gas industry for methane leak detection have been strengthened.
In light of the new adopted content of proposal, regulation Recital 8, required that “Rules for accurate measurement, reporting and verification of methane emissions in the oil, gas and coal sectors, as well as for the abatement of those emissions, including through leak detection and repair surveys and restrictions on venting and flaring, while ensuring the protection of workers from methane emissions, should be addressed by an appropriate Union legal framework.” Based on these rules, it is crucial for operators from oil and gas industry to apply reliable and accurate equipment for methane leak detection in time.
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.
Due to its superior performance and features, Cubic innovative TDLAS methane gas sensor, Gasboard-2502, will be a favorable option for methane leaks detection in oil and gas industry. It could assist operators from the oil and gas industry to meet the key objectives of the proposal that includes reducing methane emissions, improving the accuracy and transparency of reporting on methane emissions, and promoting the use of best practices and standards for measuring and reporting methane emissions.