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Commissioning a Real-Time Leak Detection System on a Large Scale Crude Oil Pipeline During Start Up

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Joanna Mabe, Keefe Murphy

ATMOS International Limited, Manchester, UK

Gareth Williams, Andrew Welsh

BTC Company, Baku, Azerbaijan

Paper No. IPC2006-10582, pp. 893-902; 10 pages
  • 2006 International Pipeline Conference
  • Volume 3: Materials and Joining; Pipeline Automation and Measurement; Risk and Reliability, Parts A and B
  • Calgary, Alberta, Canada, September 25–29, 2006
  • Conference Sponsors: Pipeline Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4263-0
  • Copyright © 2006 by ASME


This paper describes the process of incremental pipeline filling and the phased commissioning of a real-time leak detection system for the 1768 km long BTC crude oil pipeline. Due to stringent environmental requirements, it is essential for the leak detection system to work from the moment that crude oil is introduced into the pipeline. Without any prior operational data and with the pipeline partially filled, it is challenging for the leak detection system to monitor the integrity of the pipeline throughout the whole filling process. The application of the pig tracking software to track the oil front as the crude displaces nitrogen is also discussed.

Copyright © 2006 by ASME



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