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Energy group Inpex taps sensors for faster inspections at Japan gas plants

Digital upgrades could slash work time by a quarter, company says

An Inpex worker inspects gas well equipment in Japan's Niigata prefecture. (Photo by Ryo Mukano)

TOKYO -- Japanese energy group Inpex will seek to automate inspection and monitoring of natural gas wells in an effort to cut both labor costs and carbon dioxide emissions.

The Tokyo-listed company is studying ways to use sensors and other digital tools at its Koshijihara and Oyazawa gas extraction plants, which are the largest in Japan. The changeover could began as early as mid-2024.

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