Oil services provider Baker Hughes, a GE company (BHGE) has unveiled its LUMEN digital methane detection platform on the first day of its 20th Annual Meeting in Florence, Italy.

LUMEN is designed to monitor levels of methane for oil and gas operators and is part of BHGE’s efforts to reduce its emissions across the supply chain.

The platform consists of two connected formats:  a drone-based system for over-air monitoring and a ground-based solar-powered wireless sensor network. These sensor systems are capable of streaming live data from their sensors to a cloud-based software dashboard for accurate and efficient monitoring of methane emissions.

LUMEN uses machine learning and proprietary algorithms similar to those used in search engines to provide methane concentration data, with rates and locations of any leaks. The data received is available in real-time, allowing operators to make quicker and more reliable decisions.

BHGE measurement and sensing business CEO Diarmaid Mulholland said: “Methane leak detection is one of the most pressing needs in the oil and gas industry today, and we believe LUMEN is a game-changer for highly-effective methane emission monitoring.

“Using advanced sensors and industrial software, LUMEN helps operators to protect the environment by detecting harmful methane leaks, and by using advanced data analysis, this technology helps identify and reduce emissions while also increasing safety for operators. The applications within oil and gas are just the beginning.”

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LUMEN is one of a range of technologies being demonstrated at BHGE’s 20th Annual Meeting, which brings together more than 1,000 energy ministers and oil and gas leaders from around the world to discuss trends and challenges in the energy sector, including tackling the industry’s carbon footprint.

Methane solutions expert Isabel Mogstad said: “In a carbon-constrained world, minimising methane emissions is a critical path issue for the oil and gas industry. No operator can afford to sit still as service companies and others bring ever more innovative methane solutions to market.”