As a powerful resource, natural gas is leveraged by billions of people around the world every day. From heat to cooking, gas has many practical applications. But unfortunately, supplying this gas to the locations it needs to be available in comes with risks. If equipment is not monitored correctly, then leaks can occur that can result in the loss of connection or explosions.
Gas leaks are a reality of the energy supply industry, and they occur in a variety of geographic locales. For example, UPI reported that Norwegian energy provider Statoil recently had to close one of its facilities due to a leak.
But it's not just the plants that can be affected - surrounding areas can also suffer from gas leaks. According to NJ.com, a portion of Route 202/206 near Somerville, New Jersey, had to be shut down after a gas main was determined to have broken.
Just because these kinds of occurrences are to be expected does not mean that can't be prevented. Had effective condition monitoring equipment been put into place before these incidents occurred, the proper repairs or replacements could have been made. This, in turn, would have saved the companies involved time and money that has to go towards fines and emergency actions.