A detection kit designed to determine the concentration of methanol or monoethylene glycol (MEG) in oil or water is available for onshore or offshore applications, according to Lux Assure.

Following a number of successful field trials with North Sea oil majors, OMMICA™ is being used by operators in Africa, Australia and Europe.  Sales to North America and Brazil are anticipated in early 2012.

The presence of methanol and MEG can cause serious issues during the processing of hydrocarbons and can lead to discounted pricing.  Traditionally, the chemicals are monitored by more complex methods that are not convenient when working offshore. OMMICA™ offers a much simpler approach, according to the company.