Gas sniffing dogs could save Scotland's oil and gas industry millions of pounds

Research by engineering firm Penspen and Newcastle University found specially trained hounds could tell the difference between types of hydrocarbons.

Specially trained hounds, similar to drugs detection dogs, are able to find tiny gas leaks GAS sniffing dogs could be key to cutting costs in Scotland’s struggling oil and gas industry.

 

The specially trained hounds, similar to drugs detection dogs, are able to find tiny gas leaks – which could save companies millions of pounds.

 

Research by engineering firm Penspen and Newcastle University found that the animals could tell the difference between types of hydrocarbons and pick up the scent of tiny amounts of gas, even when buried.

 

Modern oil pipelines have in-built leak detection software but they are not completely accurate, while older pipelines have no systems in place and could potentially lose large amounts of gas.

 

A spokesman said: “The dogs wouldn’t work on oil rigs, they would work on pipelines. If the terrain is rough, we’ll give them booties and obviously they wear high reflective gear to show they’re working dogs.”

 

Over 5000 oil and gas jobs have been lost at North Sea companies, with the price of oil dropping to close to $50 per barrel.

 

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