Innovative Approach Cuts Risk to Pipeline Owners, Operators and the Environment

Innovative Approach Cuts Risk to Pipeline Owners, Operators and the Environment

Nicholas Woodroof | World Pipelines

As mass transport facilities, often over long distances, pipelines must fulfil strict requirements for safety, availability and environmental protection – and for good reason. According to US DOT Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), about 11 462 pipeline incidents occurred from 1997 to 2016 in the US alone.

Leaks in pipelines must be detected and located as quickly as possible. Traditionally, operators have achieved this using conventional systems that monitor critical pipeline parameters without any safety functionality. Now, pipeline safety and profitability can be significantly boosted by the world’s first hybrid solution from HIMA, comprising an SIL3 safety controller and a leak detection and localisation system.

The risks and possible consequences of pipeline leaks

Leaks form a considerable safety risk. Product outflows of liquids or gases might endanger the aquatic environment, might be harmful to health or flammable. Initiating countermeasures quickly in the event of a leak is essential for minimising the resulting damage…(Read the full story)

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