PECO is dedicated to the safety of its crews, customers, and communities. To help enhance the safety of our natural gas distribution system across Southeastern Pennsylvania our crews use a Remote Methane Laser Detector (RMLD) to detect the presence of natural gas during our leak surveys.
The RMLD is a laser-based natural gas detector that can effectively and efficiently detect leaks up to 100 feet away. Because of the long-range detection, the RMLD allows our employees and contractors to complete leak surveys in difficult to access places such as locked yards, busy roadways, and other conditions where traditional equipment is limited. The RMLD also allows us to maintain and safe and reliable natural gas system through completing leak surveys while complying with social distancing and safety precautions during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, crews would only use the RMLD during select circumstances. But, as we have all had to adjust during the pandemic, crews saw the opportunity to utilize the RMLD to continue with necessary leak surveys while also keeping our employees and communities safe and minimizing the potential spread of COVID-19.
The natural gas industry is regulated by various state and federal agencies and natural gas utilities are required to perform leak surveys throughout their entire distribution system. Safety is always PECO’s top priority and our leak survey program often exceeds the requirements included in the code of federal regulations.
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