October 2017, Vol. 244, No. 10


How Monitoring Detects Pipeline Issues

The world’s pipelines are vital energy corridors which link oil and gas fields to customers. At one large end of the spectrum, the 760-mile (1,222-km) Nordstream1 natural gas pipeline is the longest subsea pipeline in the world with an annual capacity of 55 Bcm. There is also the West-East Gas Pipeline Project, which at 2,485 miles (4,000 km), is among the longest onshore pipelines and links the gas fields of Turkmenistan in Central Asia with such Chinese coastal cities as Shanghai and Hong Kong. Moreover, pipeline networks can be extensive. For example, the United States contains 135,000 miles (217,261 km) of oil and gas pipelines, and Canada has about 68,350 miles (110,000 km) of pipelin

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