The world economy is tied to the many miles of oil and gas pipelines that deliver these precious commodities. Safety and environmental issues are critically important because of the large network of pipelines that reaches around the world. The pipes are vulnerable to many things, including vandalism, sabotage, leaks, and breaks in the pipes. Policing these hundreds of miles of pipes is a daunting task—a task only made manageable in a cost effective way by using thermal imaging cameras. The great advantage of these cameras is that they can see in the dark and literally through objects which makes them very handy for patrolling the pipes and their contents.
Thermal Imaging Cameras to Secure Oil and Gas Pipelines
These thermal imaging cameras can prevent many kinds of threats to the oil and gas pipes. Because these thermal imaging cameras continue to produce clear images in complete darkness and in difficult weather situations, such as fog and heavy rain, there is no break in the surveillance which can continue 24/7. This means that an alert can be dealt with fast and that saves a lot of money.
Thermal Imaging Camera Surveillance Is Economical
Thermal imaging cameras pay for themselves because of the reduced need for personnel to police the pipelines and because of the prevention of costly problems. Long range cameras are especially recommended as using this equipment means you can reduce the number of cameras you need to cover a particular area. This also means less installation of poles and other kinds of infrastructure. Finally, because thermal imaging cameras work without light, you can reduce the number of lighting installations, thus drastically cutting down on operational expenses.
Detecting Leaks in Oil and Gas Pipelines
Leaks are a major hazard in the oil and gas industry. Infrared gas imaging cameras, such as Opgal’s EyeCGas, can detect the source of leaks and their precise locations. The optical gas leak detection camera can help to make the oil and gas industry safer and more secure. This innovative camera lets large areas be inspected from the safety of a remote area. Technicians then can remain safe as the leaks are identified and located. The EyeCGas camera uses an infrared sensor for detecting many kinds of vapors, showing them as a video image, and recording these images for further analysis. Being able to catch leaks before they do further damage can protect the environment and save money, too. The feature that allows gas detection from hundreds of meters away is the new 75 mm lens.
Oil and Gas Pipeline Security
Increasing regulation of oil and gas pipelines means that the government regulatory agencies are watching this industry carefully. The goal of everyone in the industry is that there will be no accidents in any of the pipelines. Thermal imaging cameras can help this goal to be attained, and this brings a higher level of security for everyone working with or living near the pipes.