Exxon Mobil and RasGas Test IntelliRed's Advanced Technology

Exxon Research Center Qatar and Ras Gas Limited Company, its partner in the second generation advanced project dual sensor system for Exxon Mobil for remote gas detection, announced the field testing has begun for the new device, IntelliRed, which the company has patented. The device activates an early warning about hydrocarbon leaks, with a high degree of sensitivity and accuracy. It was designed with the purpose of improving operation safety and environmental performance in oil distillation plants, and chemical factories, and natural gas installations, as well as other gas treatment facilities, for remote sensing around the world.

IntelliRed system, winner of Qatar's Prize for Petrol Innovation for Health and Safety and the Environment in 2013, was installed close to the 7th production natural liquid gas line. Exxon Mobil's share in the line is 30% and it is expected that the new system will undergo field tests in 2016.

Mr Hazem Abdul-Muti, Team leader for the Exxon Mobil natural liquid gas safety research group in Qatar, said: "The new dual photographic system for remote early gas detection is considered a step forward on the route to limiting the dangers of operation, as well as improving the level of dependance and ease of use. The trial project was designed to test the system's durability and performance, under difficult weather conditions, by testing it under various environmental circumstances such as heat, humidity, dust, sand and fog.

The system is based on a dual infra-red photographic device, with a joint visual track. One of the photographic devices is at a wavelength slightly different to the other, which enables it to identify hydrocarbon substances and the background simultaneously. The second photographic device is only able to identify the background using photo-cropping techniques; the overlap in background is deleted, which enables an accurate identification of hydrocarbon gases, and simplification of the calculation steps for single computed vision, and a continuous scan of the scene for the purposes of aerial supervision.

Scientists from Exxon Mobil Qatar Research, and a team from Providence PhotoTech had succeeded in developing the IntelliRed system over 4 years, culminating in the field tests for the new system at production installations in Qatar and the US. 

In 2015 Exxon Mobil Research Qatar announced that its allied company Exxon Mobil Excavation had granted an international trade license to Providence PhotoTech, which had participated in developing the new system.

Mr Khaled Al-Hamidi, Director of Health and Safety as well as environment and quality group, at RasGas Company Limited, said: "RasGas is responsible for public safety and environmental protection as primary commitments for the company, and from here the partnership between RasGas and Exxon Mobil Research Qatar is considered clear evidence of our continued efforts for the implementation of technical innovations, the purpose of which is to greatly improve the safety of operations, consolidating the basics and supporting environmental performance of our establishments. RasGas will continue to look forward to opportunities which support Qatar's efforts toward sustainable development".

Dr Mohamed Al-Sleety, Research Director at Exxon Mobil Research Qatar, stated: "This experimental project confirms both Exxon Mobil Research Qatar's and RasGas' continued commitment toward distinguished research in the field of operation safety and environmental protection, and represents another example for the combined efforts of Exxon Mobil Research Qatar scientists and their local partners, whose aim is to improve and economically benefit from advanced technologies, the purpose of which is to enhance public safety and integration of facilities, as well as environmental protection, all of which constitute features of primary importance in a successful operation".

He added: "Exxon Mobil Research Qatar is proud to build a global-level center for education and scientific excellence, coinciding with its research operations in areas which support Qatar's vision for 2030. The work we carry out is greatly appreciated as a leading example of cooperation in Qatar, and we strive to ensure that our efforts continue for a brighter and more sustainable future for Qatar and its citizens".

Exxon Mobil Research Qatar was set up in 2009 to perform research in areas which are considered important to both Qatar and Exxon Mobil, including environmental management, water purification, and safely dealing with liquid natural gas and coastal geology. The center was one of the first to commence work in Qatar's Oasis for Science and Technology, via a center of research and development which includes offices, laboratories and training facilities. Exxon Mobil Research Qatar continues its local and international partnerships to provide the necessary scientific research for the development of basic technologies, which benefit the oil and gas sectors in Qatar and around the world, and guaranteeing safe and responsible operations.

Exxon Mobil Research Qatar is considered an example of what Exxon Mobil has to offer in terms of efforts to empower human resources and the support research and health safety and the environment, in line with the aims of environmental development as one of the primary standards of Qatar's national vision for 2030.