Method determines valve automation for remote pipelines

An economical and technically feasible method is available for determining effective pipeline block valve automation for remote operations.Most pipeline codes do not stipulate requirements for block valve spacing or remote pipeline valve operations along transmission pipelines carrying low-vapor-pressure petroleum products. This requirement is generally industry driven to control hazards and reduce environmental effects of pipeline ruptures or failures causing hydrocarbon spills.This article summarizes pipeline codes for valve spacing and spill limitations in high consequence areas (HCAs). It also provides a criterion for an acceptable oil spill volume caused by pipeline leak or full rupt...

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