FLIR Optical Gas Imaging Cameras Meet EPA Methane Rule Standards
Wednesday, September 14, 2016
Two FLIR optical gas imaging (OGI) cameras – the FLIR GF320 and GF300 – have received sensitivity standard validation by UK-based National Physical Laboratory (NPL), making them compliant with the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA’s) recently announced methane rule.
Earlier this year, the EPA released first-ever standards to cut methane emissions from the oil and gas sector. Part of that regulation, called Subpart OOOOa, or Quad Oa, requires leak detection and repair for oil and gas operations, recommending quarterly or bi-annual surveys using optical gas imaging cameras.
The EPA OOOOa methane rule references OGI technology like that in FLIR GF320 and GF300, as the best system of emission reduction (BSER) on specific sources at compressor stations and well sites across the United States. The rule adds that any OGI equipment used for compliance purposes must be capable of imaging a gas that is half methane, half propane at a concentration of 10,000 parts per millions (ppm), at a flow rate of less than 60 grams per hour, from a quarter inch diameter orifice. The NPL’s validation confirms that FLIR’s technology has these capabilities.
Learn more about how FLIR is working with oil and gas customers facing these new regulations.
For more about the GF320 and GF300, visit: www.flir.com/OGI