BHGE launches ground and drone-based methane detection system


BHGE has launched Lumen, its ground and drone-based advanced methane detection and reduction system.

On the first day of its 20th annual meeting in Florence, Baker Hughes unveiled the technology among a range of other innovations.

The event, which brought together more than 1,000 senior oil and gas leaders and energy ministers, debated the latest trends and challenges facing the sector, including tackling the industry’s carbon footprint.

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Diarmaid Mulholland, CEO of BHGE’s measurement and sensing business, said: “Methane leak detection is one of the most pressing needs in the oil and gas industry today, and we believe Lumen is a game-changer for highly-effective methane emission monitoring.”

He added: “Using advanced sensors and industrial software, Lumen helps operators to protect the environment by detecting harmful methane leaks, and by using advanced data analysis, this technology helps identify and reduce emissions while also increase safety for operators. The applications within oil and gas are just the beginning.”

Lumen provides continuous quantifiable methane detection and real-time cloud-based data for operators by utilising wireless ground-based and aerial drone-based solutions to provide flexibility and cost effectiveness.

The device includes a full-suite of methane monitoring and inspection solutions capable of streaming live data from sensors to a cloud-based software dashboard for real-time results.

Its ground-based sensor system, Lumen Terrain, is a solar-powered, wireless system that creates a ‘digital mesh’ network around a facility, outdoors and indoors.

BHGE can also take Lumen Sky airborne with an integrated, multi-faceted UAV system using a combination of TDLAS and OGI technologies, along with high-definition aerial video streaming for data visualization.

In using proprietary algorithms and machine learning data, BHGE hopes Lumen can provide methane concentration data (PPM), as well as the location and rate of the leak.

The data is then available in real-time at the touch of a button via a computer or smartphone, giving operators the ability to make faster and more reliable decisions for their operations.

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