June 2021, Vol. 248, No. 6

Features

Monitoring Pipelines to Protect Against Theft, Leaks

By Pedro Barbosa, Industry Sector Manager-Pipelines, Fotech  Oil and gas pipeline operators are under enormous pressure to reduce risk across their networks while simultaneously lowering costs. This can be achieved through effectively monitoring and maintaining the integrity of the pipeline networks to minimize product loss.    Pipelines, once underground, require continual monitoring. (Photo: Hanging J) Product loss typically is caused by one of two factors: theft-related events or leaks resulting from pipeline failure through corrosion or mechanical damage.   Failure to monitor against these threats adequately can easily cost an operator milli

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