LEAK DETECTION—1: Alaskan lessons guide system selection, implementation

A step-by-step process for selection and implementation of a new pipeline leak detection system applied to a 48-in. OD, 800 mile crude oil pipeline and a 14-in. OD, 35 mile crude gathering pipeline, both in Alaska, provides useful lessons for other pipeline systems using either computational pipeline monitoring or other positive emission detection approaches to maintaining system integrity. The process brings structure to the roles of multiple stakeholders, including the owner-operator, leak-detection vendor, and regulatory agencies.Part 1 of the article, presented here, examines the development of leak detection system specifications. The conclusion (Aug. 2, 2010), will focus on selectio...

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