Pipeline tests target fiber optic cable for detecting third-party damage

Field tests are under way to evaluate the use of fiber optic cable to detect intrusion along a pipeline by third-party excavators, widely documented as the most common source of damage to oil and gas pipelines.The US Department of Energy and the Gas Technology Institute, Des Plaines, Ill., are jointly sponsoring the tests. Click here to enlarge imageIn January, the cable was buried along a mile of pipeline operated in northwest Indiana by El Paso Corp. subsidiary ANR Pipeline Co. During the next several months, said a joint release by DOE and GTI, construction equipment will create vibrations in the ground, causing compressions in the soil around the pipeline (Fig. 1).If the vibrations ...

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