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Remote visual inspection specialists Inspectahire Instrument Company, of Aberdeen, UK, has used Flir Systems' GF320 Optical Gas Imaging (OGI) cameras to provide hydrocarbon leak detection services to the offshore oil and gas industry. 



Inspectahire is a supplier of remote visual inspection technology and solutions to companies in many industries around the world. All Inspectahire’s advanced inspection solutions are carried out in accordance with the requirements of ISO 9001 best practice.


The Flir GF320 is an optical gas imaging camera designed to help the oil and gas industries better control hydrocarbon emissions – thereby preserving the environment, improving operational safety and minimising revenue loss. The real-time infrared camera is designed for use in harsh industrial environments. It takes advantage of a state-of-the-art focal plane array detector and optical systems tuned to very narrow spectral infrared ranges. This enables the camera to image infrared energy absorbed by hydrocarbon gas leaks.

Images are processed and enhanced by the Flir high sensitivity mode feature to clearly show the presence of gases against stationary backgrounds. Gases detectable by the camera appear on-screen as smoke plumes. In the offshore oil and gas industry, the camera offers operators a preventive maintenance tool to help spot hydrocarbon leaks in tanks, pipelines and facilities.



Cailean Forrester, managing director of Inspectahire, said: ‘The offshore oil and gas industries are proactive in their search for the best technologies for detecting emissions that may affect the safety, profitability and environmental impact of their assets. At Inspectahire we strive to identify and offer the best available technological solutions for all remote inspection scenarios. 

'For fugitive hydrocarbon emission detection in the offshore oil and gas industry the best technological solution is Flir optical gas imaging technology, as delivered by its GF320 camera. Optical gas imaging using the Flir GF320 offers tangible benefits compared to traditional hydrocarbon leak "sniffers" because it can scan a broader area much more rapidly and monitor areas that are difficult to reach with contact measurement tools. The portable camera also greatly improves operator safety, by detecting emissions at a safe distance.'


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