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New leak detection tech will target fugitive gas emissions

June 23, 2021   Don Horne




mCloud Technologies Corp. has partnered with Halifax-based Prosaris Solutions Ltd., with the rollout of a new AssetCare solution targeting fugitive gas emissions.

The partnership will enable the continuous inspection and correction of gas leaks at oil and gas facilities, known to be one of the primary causes of harmful emissions in the sector.

“Our partnership with mCloud will offer the oil and gas sector a powerful choice to reduce emissions across their operations,” said Colin Sewell, founder and CEO of Prosaris. “Together we are set to help oil and gas customers reduce harmful gas emissions and be more environmentally responsible through our ultrasonic leak detection technology.”

Research from McKinsey and Company indicates nearly half of all oil and gas emissions can be traced to these “fugitive gas” emissions, the unintended release of harmful gases such as methane from industrial equipment including pipelines, wells, and storage tanks.

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Through continuous detection and correction, mCloud expects to reduce the time to detect and curb the sources of harmful emissions from the industry average of two months to less than one day. The company estimates each leak corrected through the AssetCare solution has the potential to eliminate up to 50 tons in CO2 emissions.

“Prosaris provides impressive detection capabilities in a wearable package, enabling teams to use AssetCare to take direct action on fugitive gas emissions around-the-clock,” said Russ McMeekin, mCloud president and CEO. “We are perfectly placed to drive early adoption of this solution through our partnership with Prosaris and our relationships with various public agencies opening doors for us in the province of Alberta and internationally.”

This partnership complements the recent success Prosaris has had in securing funding and support from Sustainable Development Technology Canada.

Both mCloud and Prosaris plan to work together to target thousands of oil and gas sites across Western Canada and the United States in the months ahead. Commercial rollouts of the solution are underway with oil and gas operators in the province of Alberta, with Alberta-based AltaGas Ltd. to be among the first recipients of the solution connecting their workforce at several of their key facilities.


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