Exploring New Leak Detection Technology for Liquids Pipelines

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Exploring New Leak Detection Technology for Liquids Pipelines

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Thursday, May 16, 2013 - 3:05pm

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For Barry Callele, Director of Pipeline Control Systems and Leak Detection for Liquids Pipelines, improving our leak detection capabilities has been a top priority.   “We took immediate steps after the Marshall incident to improve processes and training for those providing analyst services to the control center operators and we have since developed strategies that will propel us to an industry leading capability in the near future.  There are a number of aspects to the plan, but the key areas of focus include targeted instrumentation improvements across all our pipeline systems, improvements to the technologies in use today, and researching and assessing new leak detection technologies for application on our pipeline systems.”

The Leak Detection department, led by Ray Philipenko is now focused on enhancing our overall leak detection capabilities on the liquids pipelines system through lab and field testing, and by researching and assessing the best commercially available technologies.  This includes other Computational Pipeline Monitoring (CPM) systems that can be used to detect the presence of a leak.  CPMs are computer-based systems that use pipeline measurements to detect the presence of leaks.  The group has identified several technologies with the potential to complement Enbridge’s existing leak detection system and provide an extra layer of protection and surveillance capability.  

“Northern Gateway Pipeline has made the commitment to install dual leak detection systems as a secondary safety measure and we are working diligently to find the one that when used with our existing CPM, will give our pipeline controllers the best possible leak indicator data,” says Callele.

The group is also busy evaluating commercial technologies aimed at detecting very small leaks.

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Keywords: Pipeline Research Council International | inline inspections | leak detection | pipeline integrity

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