NEW LEAK-DETECTION SYSTEM PASSES TRIALS, HEADS FOR FIRST INSTALLATION

A unique detection system for tracing leaks from oil and gas pipelines has been successfully field tested by Shell Chemicals U.K. Ltd. at its Stanlow petrochemical complex in northwest England. First-ever installation will take place later this year on a 138-mile NGL pipeline in Scotland. The statistical pipeline leak detection (SPLD) system spots leaks by using computer calculations of statistical probability. It can detect leaks with an unusual degree of speed and accuracy, says Shell, as

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