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Gas Leak Detection Technology Becomes Increasingly Important to Sustaining Environmentally Clean Energy

January 29, 2013

KARMIEL, Israel, January 29, 2013 /PRNewswire/ –

Opgal [http://www.opgal.com ], a world leader in thermal imaging technology, answers
the needs of the petro and drilling industry’s gas leak detection requirements with its
EyeCGas(TM) Camera System. EyeCGas, an innovative, unique gas detection camera, has
already achieved worldwide success for remotely detecting gas in the industrial
environmental market.

The oil & gas industry continues to face increasing safety and environmental
constraints, driving stricter regulations. The recent discovery of significant gas
reserves off the coasts of Israel is just one example of this growing issue. But the case
of the city of Haifa shows that Opgal’s camera addresses other environmental hazards
beyond those of gas exploration and production.

Benzene, a component of gasoline, is known as a potential contributor to the
development of human cancer. Dr. Ofer Dressler, the Director General of the Haifa Bay
Urban Association for Environmental Protection, states that “Petrol stations in the Haifa
Bay contribute about 15% of the benzene emissions in the area as well as other toxins.
It’s critical that we continuously monitor these stations.” The Haifa Bay Urban
Association for Environmental Protection has given top priority to detecting the harmful
gas. Opgal’s EyeCGas provides a solution to this potential problem as it is used to
monitor more than 100 petro stations located within the city of Haifa and will soon also
monitor petrochemical plants in the Haifa Bay area.

EyeCGas, equipped with a 75mm lens, is the only camera of its kind in the world that
has been certified for use in sensitive and hazardous locations according to American and
European standards (ATEX, CSA, UL). The camera’s impressive performance has earned
worldwide accolades and has been sold to dozens of companies around the world through its
international network of specialized partners and marketing channels.

Opgal’s EyeCGas camera technology is based on a unique infrared sensor and algorithms
that enable detection of multiple types of hydrocarbon vapors, viewing them as a clear
video image on an LCD screen and recording those video images together with an associated
audio narration. Assessments conducted by third party laboratories have proven the
camera’s sensitivity way beyond the minimum EPA requirement of 60 grams per hour. EyeCGas
detects methane levels as low as 0.35 grams per hour.

“Gas leaks, as well as being a safety and environmental hazard, constitute a
substantial cause of economic losses,” states Omer Yanai, Opgal VP of technology
innovation and business development. “It’s no surprise that in the last year we received
many orders from companies that produce and transport gas, petrochemical facilities, and
power plants in America, Europe, and Asia. We expect to see this trend grow as a result of
increasingly stringent regulations.”

Visit Opgal and see EyeCGas at the International CleanTech 2013 Exhibition, January 29
-30, Tel Aviv, Booth #116

About Opgal

Opgal is a leading manufacturer of advanced vision and surveillance solutions. Using
state-of-the-art thermal and active-imaging technologies, Opgal leverages advanced
electro-optics and image processing expertise to create high- performance, versatile
visualization hardware and software products for a variety of markets. Founded in 1983,
Opgal is a major supplier to leading contractors and hundreds of customers in over 50
countries. http://www.opgal.com

        Media Contact:
        Hila Nagel
        Opgal Marketing communications Manager


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