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Pipeline Technology Journal 2-2015

Latest developments and news from the pipeline industry

RESEARCH / DEVELOPMENT / TECHNOLOGY A SAFE LINELeak Detection Systems as a central component of Pipeline Safety Design Transportation of fluids in pipelines is increasing all over the world, and with good reason: pipelines are among the safest and most economical transporta- tion systems over long routes. To ensure this cost-ef- fectiveness and safety, both new, and especially ex- isting, pipelines must reflect the standard of the most current technology. Leaks pose a potential safety risk. Leaks occur for a wide variety of reasons, from earthquakes, corrosion and material failure to drilling by product thieves. Special leak detection systems are often used to limit these risks. In general, leak detection in pipelines refers to the recognition and quick localization of product leaks. The reasons to employ leak detection include the following: • To minimize the effects of accidents • To minimize downtime • To minimize product loss • Regulatory compliance Leak detection in pipelines can be performed in various ways, from simple visual controls during in- spections to computer-supported systems that mon- itor conditions, even for underground and undersea pipelines. “LEAK DETECTION IN PIPELINES REFERS TO THE RECOGNITION AND QUICK LOCALIZATION OF PRODUCT LEAKS.” >DanielVogt,KROHNE > by: Daniel Vogt, KROHNE Introduction 24 PIPELINE TECHNOLOGY JOURNAL Undetected leaks can easily cause avoidable dis- ruptions and cost explosions

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