Previous to 2009, there was only one acceptable leak detection methodology. This was to purge and pressure the system with a Helium mixture and sample every connection in the facility. Although Helium leak detection has been the gold standard for decades, it is not immune to problems.
OGI cameras can not see Helium or Nitrogen. As well as the cost of Helium becoming prohibitive, taping and sampling connections is time-consuming and labour intensive.
Lineriders attempted to solve these problems by leveraging the relatively new technology of Optical Gas Imaging (OGI). We asked ourselves, “could we create a non-flammable, non-toxic mixture that could be seen with OGI cameras?”. Methane and Nitrogen became the mixture of choice due to the atomic mass of Methane (CH4).
After years of development, our mixture was put to the test. The lab trials were conducted in Israel, and the field trials were completed in the sour gas fields of Alberta, Canada. Due to the nature of H2S, engineering requirements for tightness testing are among the most stringent in the world. We put it to market in 2015 and have used it extensively around the globe.
Testimonials available upon request.