TAPS'S LEAK DETECTION SEEKS GREATER PRECISION

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.

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