October 2018, Vol. 245, No. 10

Leak Detection

Leak Detection Challenges on Crude Gathering, Produced Water Networks

By Michael Twomey, Atmos International U.S. oil and gas wells alone produce over one trillion gallons per year of produced water, a byproduct that must be contained and transported to disposal or reclamation sites.   The everyday use of trucks to carry this dirty water creates challenges such as cost, safety and traffic congestion. Produced water, like crude oil, is considered hazardous to the environment. It is prudent to consider cost-effective options for leak detection on these pipelines as well as on the crude gathering networks.    The December 2016 leak detection study, Pipeline Leak Detection – Field Evaluation Of Multiple Approaches For Liquids Gathering Pipelines, commissioned b

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