Innovation trials delivers gas detection solution
13 February 2019
Launched in 2005, Wales and West Utilities (WWU) has a regulated gas distribution business which includes approximately 35,000 kilometres of gas pipes across Wales and the south west of England.
WWU wanted to observe different technologies in action and understand how they could deliver the best new technology to support existing methods and so decided to conduct a trial.
In January 2017 WWU invited Crowcon Detection Instruments to take part in the trial which showcased three different technologies.
Optical gas imaging (OGI) camera technology which gives a visual representation of the leakage point
Laser detection which uses laser technology to detect methane concentration from a distance
Infrared technology to detect leaks and potentially reduce bar holing
The trial results demonstrated there would be benefits to implementing this new technology and out of the three products on trial, the Crowcon LaserMethane mini LMm’s capabilities provided the best overall fit for WWU’s requirements.