A FLIR GF320 optical gas imaging camera is helping Inspectahire conduct maintenance inspections and hydrocarbon leak detection in the offshore oil and gas industry.

Inspectahire is a leading international supplier of specialist remote visual inspection technology and solutions to companies in many industries around the world. Inspectahire helps its customers manage their safety, profitability and environmental impact of their assets. 

Inspectahire uses the FLIR GF320 optical gas imaging camera when tasked with the detection of fugitive hydrocarbon emissions. 

Inspectahire offers equipment rental, contracting and project engineering services supported by a team of skilled engineers who have a wealth of inspection knowledge and experience. Their expertise extends to a wide range of equipment and assets, both onshore and offshore. Inspectahire’s advanced inspection solutions are carried out in accordance with the requirements of ISO 9001 best practice.

Having worked for three decades in the Oil & Gas industry, both in the North Sea and worldwide, Inspectahire has built up strong expertise to address safety and cost concerns in this segment. 

Cailean Forrester, Managing Director of Inspectahire explains the offshore oil and gas industry is proactive in its search for the best technologies for detecting emissions that may affect the safety, profitability and environmental impact of their assets. Inspectahire identifies and offers the best available technological solutions for all remote inspection scenarios. 

Dangerous gas leaks are a concern at every oil and gas production plant, and not only present a potential threat to the environment, but can also cost companies substantial amounts of money. 

Cailean Forrester comments the company has been using thermal imaging cameras for a very long time to detect dangerous gas leaks, especially in difficult to reach or hazardous locations, helping their clients prevent costly downtime at their production plant. 

Inspectahire has been using certain contact measurement tools such as laser detectors or leak sniffers; however these tools have to be taken right up to the object, which is not always safe or even possible. A thermal imaging camera such as the GF320 allows inspections to be carried out from a safe distance and still detects gas leaks with great precision.

The Inspectahire team is using the GF320 optical gas imaging camera for maintenance inspections and hydrocarbon detection jobs in hydrocarbon production plants or for the inspection of any material that uses hydrocarbon as a fuel. The GF320 camera offers a range of 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.