For decades, helium has been the bedrock of leak detection processes within the oil and gas sector. But as we face dwindling reserves and surging costs, the industry is ripe for disruption. Lineriders, armed with its patented tracer gas blend of methane and nitrogen, is replacing helium in leak detection. This addresses ethical, cost, and efficiency concerns.
The Downside of Helium Reliance
While helium’s inert nature and tiny atomic size made it a great candidate for leak detection, it’s not without its flaws:
- Scarce Resources: Helium reserves are depleting rapidly, causing prices to skyrocket. Its non-renewable nature makes it an unsustainable long-term solution.
- Competing Needs: Helium is critical in medical applications, such as MRI technology. As reserves diminish, the ethical dilemma of resource allocation comes into focus.
Safety First: A Patented Non-Flammable Solution
At the forefront of Lineriders’ patented technology is its focus on safety. The methane-nitrogen blend adheres to ISO 10156 & ASTM E-681-01 standards, ensuring a non-flammable, non-toxic working environment, something that is paramount in a sector where safety can never be compromised.
Seeing is Believing: OGI Imaging
One of helium’s shortcomings is its invisibility to Optical Gas Imaging (OGI) cameras. Lineriders’ patented blend overcomes this challenge. Its formulation allows for leak visualization through OGI cameras, leading to faster and more efficient detection and rectification processes.
Achieving Efficiency at Scale
The Lineriders technology, verified to be 80% faster while requiring just a tenth of the personnel, offers unparalleled operational efficiency. This makes it a valuable asset, especially for new facilities and those undergoing post-turnaround startups.
Dual-Action Technology: Purging and Pressure Testing
Another feather in Lineriders’ cap is the blend’s ability to serve dual functions: purging and pressure testing can be conducted simultaneously. This eliminates the need for a separate de-oxygenation stage, thereby accelerating the commissioning process.
Global Adoption and Proven Efficacy
Lineriders didn’t just arrive at this patented technology overnight. After rigorous testing in various climates and conditions—including Israel’s labs and Alberta’s sour gas fields—the blend was introduced to the market in 2015. Since then, its usage has spread, gaining industry-wide approval.
Lineriders’ patented methane and nitrogen blend is a game-changer, setting new standards for the leak detection industry. As helium’s limitations continue to be exposed, this innovative, efficient, and safe alternative is increasingly becoming the method of choice for industry professionals.