Canadian diversified drone hardware and services company Volatus says it has secured a year-long contract in the UK to perform aerial monitoring of water treatment facilities for leaks of methane gas – a major contributor to global warming.

Volatus said the 12-month deal calls for its iRed affiliate in the UK to operate drone flights at 14 water treatment plants in the nation’s northwest to check for presence of methane. Leaks of the gas from loose valves or venting results in the loss of valuable energy, increased costs, and damage to the environment.

According to Volatus, iRed will equip its drones with sensors to enable optical gas imaging capacities that will detect, locate, and measure fugitive methane emissions, and also provide quick and effective measures to halt the breaches.

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The methane monitoring contract further expands both the geographical scope…