Study outlines pipeline leak-detection selection

Morten Kristiansen Energy Solutions International Houston Based on presentation to Pipeline Simulation Interest Group Annual Meeting, Santa Fe, NM, May 15-18, 2012 Pipeline operators must analyze how different leak-detection systems affect the total cost of a leak. Whether the additional money spent on a more sophisticated system is a worthwhile investment depends on each pipeline's circumstances. Understanding API RP 1130 and generating a prioritized list of leak-detection system selection criteria is critical to this analysis. The list should be specific for each pipeline and depend on operational as well as environmental conditions. Trade-offs and sacrifices will have to be made; n...

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