ABB Ability™ mobile gas leak detection now launched in Australia

Finds leaks fast and shares data via the Cloud. Improves pipeline integrity and public safety.

- Measure, map, share while driving

- Detect leaks hundreds of meters away

- Compatible with cars, ATV, aircraft, drones

Now available from ABB in Australia, the ABB Ability™ mobile gas leak detection system uses ABB’s patented laser-based technique which is more than 1000 times more sensitive than older, less sensitive, legacy methods. This enables unambiguous identification of leaks several hundred feet away from the source.

This capability makes it ideally suited for Australia with more than 100,000 kilometres of transmission and distribution pipelines that deliver natural gas to homes around the country which use the gas for heating their houses, their hot water and for cooking. The compact system can be placed into the trunk of almost any vehicle and can be fully installed in about four hours. 

An ABB branded motor vehicle will be visiting potential gas distribution customers across the country to demonstrate the benefits of the systems during Nov and Dec 2019
An ABB branded motor vehicle will be visiting potential gas distribution customers across the country to demonstrate the benefits of the systems during Nov and Dec 2019

Current traditional leak detection technology is slow, laborious and costly. Operators walk on foot near the pipeline with hand-held sensors making paper-based reports. This is slow and can lead to dangerous leaks being missed or not identified in a timely manner. ABB’s Ability mobile gas leak detection system delivers a low cost per leak solution with low false positives. Reporting includes mapping of the leaks available via a mobile app and measurements as Cloud-based service.

Ethane Analyzer, a GPS, a sonic anemometer and proprietary leak detection software that presents real-time geospatial maps of multiple gas concentrations in real time. The software’s sophisticated leak detection algorithm combines the system’s measurements of gas concentrations (CH4, C2H6), local coordinates (GPS) and local wind velocity (sonic anemometer) to estimate the location of the leak. Readings are stored in the device and can be transmitted in real-time to the cloud for centralized monitoring.

Typical applications include pipeline monitoring, surveying mains and services, odour investigation, construction verification, post-disaster evaluation and frost line evaluation.

ABB (ABBN: SIX Swiss Ex) is a technology leader that is driving the digital transformation of industries. With a history of innovation spanning more than 130 years, ABB has four customer- focused, globally leading businesses: Electrification, Industrial Automation, Motion, and Robotics & Discrete Automation, supported by the ABB Ability™ digital platform. ABB’s Power Grids business will be divested to Hitachi in 2020. ABB operates in more than 100 countries with about 147,000 employees. www.abb.com

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