Weatherford International has filed a patent for a methane leak remediation system. The system includes methane sensors, equipment for methane production, transport, and processing, and a control system that operates the equipment based on sensor output. The patent also describes a method for remediating methane leaks and optimizing methane production, transport, and processing during the remediation process. GlobalData’s report on Weatherford International gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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Methane leak remediation system with methane sensor and control system

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Weatherford International Plc

A recently filed patent (Publication Number: US20230313952A1) describes a methane leak remediation system and method. The system includes at least one methane sensor and a control system that receives output from the sensor and operates equipment in response. The control system is equipped with an optimization module that can automatically operate the equipment based on the sensor output.

The optimization module in the control system is designed to minimize lost production due to leak remediation. It can also optimize various aspects of methane production, transport, and processing. This means that the system can not only detect and remediate methane leaks but also ensure efficient operation of the overall methane system.

The control system also includes a data acquisition and communication module. This module is responsible for identifying methane leaks based on the sensor output. When a leak is detected, it communicates an alert to the optimization module. Upon receiving the alert, the optimization module automatically generates a workflow for the remediation of the methane leak.

The method of remediating a methane leak involves transmitting the sensor output to the control system, identifying the leak based on the output, and then remediating the leak. During the remediation process, the optimization module optimizes methane production, transport, and processing. This ensures that the system operates efficiently even during the leak remediation process.

The method also includes positioning the methane sensor at an operational distance from the equipment responsible for methane production, transport, or processing. This distance is within the sensing range of the sensor, allowing it to accurately detect leaks.

Additionally, the method involves automatically sending an alert when a leak is identified. The system can also automatically determine the quantity of the methane leak during the remediation process.

If multiple methane sensors are used, distributed around a methane facility, the optimization module can optimize methane production, transport, and processing at the facility. The control system can automatically operate the equipment of the facility during the remediation process.

Overall, this patent describes a comprehensive methane leak remediation system and method that not only detects and remediates leaks but also optimizes the operation of the methane system to minimize production losses and ensure efficient performance.

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