BP to Install Permanent Methane Leak Detectors on New Projects

Sept. 10, 2019, 11:00 AM

BP Plc said it has come up with a solution to a problem which has been dogging the energy industry: persistent, hard-to-trace gas leaks.

The British oil major will install permanent methane detection devices at its new projects, capable of immediately pinpointing and quantifying leaks of the invisible and odorless gas. BP said it’s adding the technology to bolster the case that natural gas is better for the climate than coal.

The company said the wider energy industry leaks about 3.2% of the gas its produces, which is probably almost enough to offset the benefit of switching from coal to ...

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