US ExxonMobil grants first licence for gas detection technology

18 February 2014 17:43 Source:ICIS News

HOUSTON (ICIS)--ExxonMobil Upstream Research has awarded its first commercial license for its remote gas detection system to co-developer Providence Photonics, the global energy major said in a statement on Tuesday.

The InteliRed system is designed to improve safety and environmental performance at oil refineries, chemical plants, liquefied natural gas (LNG) facilities and other gas processing facilities. The system uses a specially developed algorithm to autonomously analyse infrared camera images to detect escaping hydrocarbon gases, ExxonMobil said.

“This system automatically and relentlessly scans for hydrocarbon gas leaks from process equipment and notifies operators to take action before the leak can become a hazard,” said Yousheng Zeng, Providence managing partner.

ExxonMobil and Providence scientists co-developed the InteliRed system over a four-year period and began field tests of it at an LNG liquefaction plant in Qatar, ExxonMobil said.

US-based Providence Photonics, an affiliate of Providence Engineering, specialises in the development and utilisation of technology in the field of optical gas imaging, according to its website.

By Jessie Waldheim