Saudi experience: Leak-detection systems need careful evaluation

Experience dealing with leak-detection system technologies from design to maintenance indicates that there is no single dominant leak-detection technology.A single leak-detection technology for the great diversity of service conditions, pipeline installations, fluids, and topologies of real pipeline applications remains a distant objective. Each technology has strengths that can make it a cost-effective solution for a specific application.There is a wide range of LDS products, from relatively simple “sniffing” sensors to elaborate, real time, pipeline-modeling software. During design of an LDS for a particular pipeline application, more than one may meet the performance requir...

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