Jon R. Bose, Marcus K. Olson Alyeska Pipeline Service Co. Anchorage Since start-up of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System (TAPS), operator Alyeska Pipeline Service Co. (Alyeska) has developed, maintained, and upgraded a highly sophisticated leak-detection system. The pipeline's length and unique physical and operational characteristics make leak detection a technological challenge for the designer. Alyeska continues to evaluate new technologies and their possible TAPS applications. THE SYSTEM TAPS transports hot crude oil from Alaska's North Slope fields on the Arctic Ocean to a tidewater marin...

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