Oil and Gas Technology: Curbing Methane

Emission monitoring technologies have emerged, offering ground- and air-based leak detection to the oil and gas industry.

(Source: Scientific Aviation)

[Editor's note: A version of this story appears in the March 2022 issue of Oil and Gas Investor magazine.]

One of the fastest-growing segments in the carbon management space is emission detection technologies, with everything from field sensors to drones to airplanes to helicopters being deployed to detect greenhouse-gas (GHG) leaks and emissions.

ChampionX, formed in the June 2020 merger between Apergy and ChampionX Holding Co., made entry into the emission detection space through its acquisition of Scientific Aviation in July 2021. Scientific Aviation brings to market plane-, drone- and land-based measurement devices to detect atmospheric pollutants and GHG.

Erin Tullos, director of research and development at Scientific Aviation, said the company was established when CEO Steve Conley sought a method to conduct atmospheric science evaluations via airplane to better understand emission rates in a given region.

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Brian Walzel

Brian Walzel is senior editor for Hart Energy’s E&P Plus.