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Methane Emissions Detection Technology Originally Developed to Search for Life on Mars to be Presented at SPE Offshore Europe 2023

Technology first developed by the NASA Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL) which is being used to detect offshore methane emissions is to be showcased at SPE Offshore Europe 2023.

SeekOps, the US-based sensor company, has deployed its drone-agnostic SeekIR solution, which uses technology initially created for the Mars Curiosity Rover, to gauge emissions across the North Sea.

In an energy sector first, by mounting an in-situ tunable diode laser absorption spectrometer (TDLAS) on a drone, high spatiotemporal methane emission measurement surveys have been conducted in an offshore environment. The system allows for cost-effective, safe and accurate methane emissions quantification and overcomes challenges posed by fixed wing crewed and uncrewed aerial vehicles (UAV) which have restrictive flight patterns.

Measuring methane emissions is particularly difficult in offshore environments, with other methods using satellites and aircraft having low success rates due to backscatter from water, clouds being in the field of view and a lack of resolution required to quantify one asset in a region where there are multiple in proximity.

The TLDAS technology was first developed by NASA’s JPL to look for evidence of microbial life and was extremely sensitive to methane enhancements. It has since been adapted for use across the energy sector and has been validated by the Methane Emissions Technology Evaluation Centre (METEC) in Colorado.

Brendan Smith, SeekOps Chief Technology Officer and Co-Founder, said: “With political, environmental and social pressures building, oil and gas operators are searching for ways to effectively reduce methane emissions. This forward-thinking solution combines two cutting-edge pieces of technology to provide companies with a modern and effective means of measuring their offshore methane emissions.”

The presentation at SPE Offshore Europe will highlight findings from surveys of five offshore assets, collecting both methane concentration and atmospheric conditions such as temperature, pressure and wind vector data.

It will form part of the Offshore Decarbonisation technical session on Friday, September 8, which begins at 10am in Conference Room 3. The event begins on Tuesday, September 5.

Kamel Ben-Naceur, SPE Offshore Europe Conference Chairman 2023, said: “As the energy transition ramps up pace, the development and adaptation of technologies to aid in the process will be key.

“This technical session will highlight a system that could have a potentially revolutionary impact on how methane emissions are measured offshore and forms part of a session which brings together the best minds in the field of offshore energy production to contribute to the development of effective strategies and solutions to reduce carbon emissions in the offshore sector.”

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SeekOps Team Discusses Methane Monitoring on Let’s Clear the Air Podcast

SeekOps CEO Iain Cooper and VP of Business Development Paul Khuri were featured on a recent of episode of the Let’s Clear the Air – a podast from the GPA Midstream Association focused on education and advocacy for a better energy future. The episode delves into ways the industry is innovating and the breakthrough technologies being deployed to detect and measure methane leaks.

Topics covered in the interview include:

  • The challenge of methane emissions for the industry and how technology is helping companies meet that challenge
  • The history behind SeekOps’ sensors developed by NASA and the company’s differentiator, quantifying methane leaks
  • The locations and different industries that are utilizing SeekOps technology
  • The challenges of methane detection – there’s no technology that fits every scenario
  • Impact of regulatory pressures on the industry
  • The commitment of the industry to reduce emissions

Listen to the full podcast episode in these places:

Podcast Website | Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | Spotify


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SeekOps’ Management System Achieves ISO 9001:2015 Certification

SeekOps Inc is pleased to announce that our management systems for the design, testing, implementation, and manufacture of spectroscopy sensors and data solutions have been certified to the ISO 9001:2015 standard.

What is ISO 9001:2015? 

The ISO 9001:2015 standard is an internationally recognized standard for quality management systems. It outlines requirements for an organization’s processes and procedures, with the goal of ensuring that customers receive consistent, high-quality products and services. 

The guidelines provide a process-oriented approach to documenting and reviewing the structure, responsibilities, and procedures required to achieve effective quality management in an organization.

SeekOps’ Path to ISO 9001:2015 Certification

At SeekOps, we are dedicated to providing our customers with the best possible spectroscopy sensors and data solutions. Achieving this certification demonstrates our commitment to quality and continuous improvement in all aspects of our operations. 

Our team has worked hard to meet the rigorous requirements of the ISO 9001:2015 standard, and we are proud to have achieved this certification. We will continue to uphold the highest standards of quality in our design, testing, implementation, and manufacturing processes to ensure that our customers receive the best possible products and services.

Connect With SeekOps To Learn More

If your business is at risk of emitting methane – at any scale – SeekOps can help implement a repeatable, reliable, and accurate measurement system that meets and exceeds global ESG standards. 

Connect with the team today to learn more by reaching out to info@seekops.com.


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SeekOps Adds Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas Co-Founder David Cox to Advisory Board

AUSTIN, Texas – (Business Wire) – SeekOps Inc., a global leader in providing best-in-class sensors and actionable analytics to support both traditional and renewable energy sectors in their decarbonization efforts, today announced the addition of David Cox to their advisory board.

“It is my pleasure to welcome David to our advisory board,” said Iain Cooper, President and CEO of SeekOps. “David’s insights will greatly aid SeekOps’ long term growth into the renewable natural gas and landfill markets as we scale our operations globally. His deep understanding of the complex and rapidly evolving regulatory environment and ESG reporting frameworks will also be key to our growing engagement in the broader RNG community as we continue to incorporate the newest, field-proven innovations into our products and services.”

David Cox is a founding partner of Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas, the association of the RNG industry in North America. RNG Coalition members capture fugitive methane from waste and generate carbon-neutral and carbon-negative renewable energy, including gas, electricity, and hydrogen. Under David’s leadership, RNG Coalition, which includes many of the largest energy companies in the world, has grown to a national and increasingly international leader in the advancement of renewable natural gas. David is widely recognized for his leadership in RNG law, policy and market development. He is a graduate of the McGeorge School of Law and Westmont College. He is licensed to practice law in Texas, Oklahoma and California. 

“There has never been a more critical time to have reliable and actionable information about emissions performance,” said Cox. “SeekOps’ data-driven technology and services are mission critical to any company with a decarbonization commitment. I’m honored to join their Advisory Board and look forward to assisting their exceptionally talented team.”   

David joins Advisory Board member Dr Simon Bittleston, Chairman of the International Scientific Advisory Board for GAPSTI at Cambridge University, who joined in 2022.

Read the full press release here: Business Wire