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CASE STUDY: Natural Gas – Methane Detection – Westech

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Key Results:

  • Deployed in days not months
  • Massive monetary savings with easy deployment
  • Installed flexible solution in a remote area

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Customer operates an underground natural gas storage facility. Once a natural gas field, the facility was successfully converted into a storage reservoir through gas reinjection. The process of conversion also involves drilling many new wells that enables a more rapid withdrawal of gas from the reservoir storage. These wells are a source of methane gas leakages. Reducing methane emissions is a challenge for the oil & gas industry, as is compliance with emerging regulation. Moreover, increasing gas-monitoring density in brownfield sites can be very costly due to signal and power conduit wire installation.


A self-powered wireless methane detector enables more pervasive identification of leaks even in remote locations, at a fraction of the overall cost compared to wired detectors. The WirelessHART Vanguard monitors methane emissions accurately for 5 years without battery replacement. With the help of optical imaging technology, Vanguard units were optimally positioned on wellheads to detect a controlled release of a methane plume with wind conditions. The Vanguard reliably detected the presence and absence of gas and transmitted the information to an Emerson WirelessHART gateway. It also accurately reported the concentration of the passing methane plume, which was verified by the optical imaging cameras.

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United Electric Control’s (UC) Vanguard WirelessHART® toxic and combustible gas detector was designed and built specifically for safety applications where power and signal wiring is difficult and expensive. It’s easy pushbutton calibration, mount-anywhere plus it offers seamless plug-and-play interoperability that will save time and trouble.


As a fixed point gas detector, with fast and affordable deployment, five year battery life, and simple integration in WirelessHART® networks, the Vanguard wireless gas detector was designed to meet changing needs in smart gas detection coverage. Install where traditional wired detectors cannot reach due to limitations in infrastructure, or fill in gaps in plants as a part of management of change procedures.


To learn more about Westech Industrial’s UEC Vanguard Wireless Toxic and Combustible Gas Detector please visit our website at or call and speak to one of our technical representatives at 1-800-912-9262.

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