Storage-tank leak detection improved with cable-sensor system

Based on a presentation to the 19th Annual ILTA International Operating Conference, Houston, June 14-17, 1999.Since 1995, Kinder Morgan Energy Partners LP, Orange, Calif., has used a cable-sensor system to improve leak detection from its aboveground storage tanks.The company now has 67 tanks and 14 valves under continuous monitoring by the cable sensor leak-detection system. These systems have been installed at 25-50% the cost of alternate technologies and have incurred minimum maintenance and troubleshooting costs.After soil studies in 1995 led Kinder Morgan to conclude a more responsive form of leak detection for aboveground storage tanks was needed, the company evaluated several leak-d...

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