05/06/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 05/06/2021 10:26
DALLAS- May 6, 2021- Atmos Energy recently deployed a state-of-the-art gas cloud imaging (GCI) camera with continuous leak detectionand monitoring at its Tri-Cities storage facility, furthering itscommitment to safety and reducingmethane emissions. This technology pinpointsleak location, source, and diretion. GCI technology uses imagingcoupled with machine learning analytics to also determine the shape of a gas plume andmeasure the concentration of a leakallowingforimmediate repair.
'We regularly evaluate newtechnology as it isbrought to market and incorporate innovative solutions into our operations,' said Marlan Jarzombek, AtmosPipeline-Texas vice president of storage and compression. 'The GCI camera enhances our ability to monitor our compression and storage assets, providingyet another pathway to provide safe and reliable service and helping to preserve the environment. Atmos Energy is finalizing plans to adopt this technology throughout its enterprise storage operations.'
Each gas has a unique emission or absorption signature in the long-wave infrared spectrum, known as the fingerprint region, which makes it possible for the GCI camera to differentiate between them. Itspowerful imaging engine analyzes hyperspectral data from every pixel at a rate of 60 times per second to identify more than 50 gases, capturing a gas leakon videoin the form of a visual cloudandillustratingthe size and direction that the plume is moving.
Includinginvestments in new technology, Atmos Energy allocatesmore than 85percent of itscapital spending to enhancethe safety and reliability of its distribution and transportation systems,delivering efficient and affordableenergy to itscustomers and communities. System modernization effortsinclude pipe replacement programs and leak repair prioritization, which further contribute to the company'sgoalof reducing methane emissions by 50 percent from 2017 to 2035.
Tolearn more about Atmos Energy's efforts to monitor, control, and reduce methane emissions, please download the 2020 Methane Emissions Reportat https://www.atmosenergy.com/esg/reports.
About Atmos Energy
Atmos Energy Corporation, an S&P 500 company headquartered in Dallas, is the country's largest natural gas-only distributor. We safely deliver reliable, affordable, efficientand abundant natural gas to more than 3 million distribution customers in over 1,400 communities across eight states located primarily in the South. As part of our vision to be the safest provider of natural gas services, we are modernizing our business and infrastructure while continuing to invest in safety, innovation, environmental sustainabilityand our communities. Atmos Energy manages proprietary pipeline and storage assets, including one of the largest intrastate natural gas pipeline systems in Texas.