Onboard Dynamics has responded to the need to reduce methane releases into the atmosphere with their latest product launch of the GoVAC Flex. This simple, mobile, fully integrated solution will provide operators of natural gas pipelines a tool to safely minimize their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions during routine pipeline maintenance.
As part of the product validation process with actual pipeline operators, successful pipeline evacuation projects have been held at utility companies in Oregon, California, and Nevada. The GoVAC Flex will be a key contributor to the mission of these companies in finding innovative clean natural gas solutions that are crucial to reducing GHG emissions while providing an affordable and sustainable energy future.
The GoVAC Flex is self-contained and fueled solely by a small amount of the natural gas that is being recovered during the evacuation process. It can draw a pipeline down to near zero psig and transfer the gas into an adjoining line at any pressure or compress the gas up to 3600 psi into a tube trailer for transport to another pipeline or end use location.
The GoVAC Flex is small enough to be pulled by a half-ton pickup, making it easy to transport to and maneuver around a job site. Despite its small size, it can evacuate a pipeline in less time than other approaches that require multiple pieces of equipment. Because it operates on clean natural gas, a pipeline evacuation operation utilizing the GoVAC Flex emits less GHG emissions than products that use a diesel-powered air compressor.