August 2019, Vol. 246, No. 8

Pigging Update

Using ILI Technologies to Identify Pipeline Pilfering

By Ben Corlett, Baker Hughes, a GE company, UK and Andrea Bologna, TECMA Srl, Italy Illegal tapping and product theft are an increasingly significant threat to pipeline operators. In-line inspection (ILI) technology – magnetic flux leakage (MFL) tools, in particular – have a proven history of accurately locating illegal tap locations. The extent of pipeline product theft is a major concern to the oil and gas industry, and the worldwide community. Pilferage activities, by tapping into pipelines, can cause significant environmental and commercial consequences, potentially leading to pipeline ruptures, potential human casualties, destruction of property and environmental damage.1,2 Product

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