Exxon releases new LNG safety system

The new system uses augmented reality techniques to enhance safety and environmental performance in the field

Exxon's new system provides an early warning alert of hydrocarbon leaks.
Exxon's new system provides an early warning alert of hydrocarbon leaks.

ExxonMobil Research Qatar (EMRQ) filed five new patent applications for a new technological advancement in increasing safety and environmental perforamnce in the production and transportation of Liquified natural gas (LNG). 

“Safety is the main driver for everything we do,” said Jennifer Dupont, Research Director at ExxonMobil Research Qatar.

“With this commitment at the forefront, we devote our research dollars and efforts to explore ways to enhance and improve safety training in the oil and gas sector in general, and specifically with practical applications to the LNG business in Qatar.

"The five patent applications represent several years of dedicated research towards our collective goals,"she added.

The new developments were made in the field of Augmented Reality training applications and hydrocarbon leak detection.

The Augmented Reality Work Aid method provides workers with an enhanced view of a work environment by placing an augmented reality marker close to a component in the work environment.

The newly developed product, called IntelliRed remote gas detection system, has been designed to improve process safety and environmental performance at oil refineries, chemical plants, liquefied natural gas (LNG) facilities and other gas processing facilities.

ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company awarded the first commercial license for its IntelliRed remote gas detection system to co-developer Providence Photonics, LLC, an affiliate of Providence Engineering. ExxonMobil and Providence scientists co-developed the IntelliRed system over a four-year period culminating in field tests of the system that began in 2013 at an LNG liquefaction plant in Qatar.

“The IntelliRed system is the latest example of ExxonMobil’s continuous focus on process safety and environmental protection,” said Bart Cahir, President and General Manager of ExxonMobil Qatar.

“EMRQ’s collaboration has resulted in a remote gas detection system that is very accurate and, with its robust design, is capable of operating in the harsh environments of many different oil and gas processing facilities around the world, especially for our joint venture partners here in Qatar.”

ExxonMobil Research Qatar opened its facility at Qatar Science & Technology Park in 2009 to conduct research in areas of common interest to Qatar and ExxonMobil.



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