Caption: Expected completion time September 30. The actual completion time was September 13 using the RMLD methane detector and accessing natural gas mains under bridges via kayak on the Chattahoochee River.
Recently a client asked BGL if they could assist them in leak surveying their non-accessible natural gas pipeline crossings. This challenge included approximately 165 creeks, 60 canals, 12 lakes, 154 major highways, 27 railroad overpasses, 70 rivers, and 3 large commercial rooftop systems.
At first, this did not seem like a lot to ask of BGL. However, there was one caveat. Could it be done in one month? BGL had all of the equipment necessary to perform the survey in the traditional way using Combustible Gas Indicators and Flame Ionization units. Just two small hurdles to overcome; getting all the proper permitting and lost labor hours due to setting up traffic control on most of the overpasses.
BGL is always committed to servicing their client’s needs, and no matter how challenging a project might be, BGL typically finds a plausible solution. As the discussion unfolded it was clear. The thing to do was to purchase three Remote Methane Leak Detectors (RMLD). They were meant for a scenario such as this one.
Within five days BGL had purchased and received three RMLD units, three kayaks, and spent the next three days completing all operator qualification requirements necessary to be considered proficient in the use of the RMLD. BGL technicians even went so far as to complete kayak training in the field at one of the local rivers.
The great thing about the RMLD is their ability to use infrared to detect leaking methane from as far away as 100 feet. Using the RMLD eliminates the need for permits or major traffic control scenarios.
In the end BGL was able to beat the deadline. Thanks to some of the latest technology on the market and the perseverance of every employee involved; the quality of the survey upheld all guidelines set forth by the client.
If you are interested in discussing pipeline leak detection, please contact BGL today.