hydrocarbon leak detection Articles

  • GE Leakwise Application Notes: Monitoring and Leak Detection for a Hydrocarbon Pipeline

    Hydrocarbon Pipeline •          Pipeline Leak Detection •          Pumping Station Monitoring • ...


    By GE Analytical Instruments

  • GE Leakwise Application Notes: Leak Detection by Groundwater Monitoring

    Risks of Groundwater Contamination Hydrocarbon leakage, from Underground Storage Tanks (USTs) and from the bottoms of above ground tanks, can seep into the groundwater, where it forms a floating oil sheen, or a thick oil layer. This layer, if left undetected, ...


    By GE Analytical Instruments

  • PetroSense hydrocarbon sensors and their applications

    The increasing concern about hydrocarbon contamination of process water and produced water has created an increasing need for in-situ, real time, and accurate low cost instrumentation that can provide rapid detection and easily usable in the field. PetroSense sensors [1,2] represents “best in breed” technology for the detection of total petroleum hydrocarbons (TPH). PetroSense sensors ...


    By PetroSense, Inc

  • Hydrocarbon in Water Monitors using Fluorescence

    Hydrocarbon in Water Monitors using Fluorescence are capable of detecting hydrocarbons as low as 5 Parts per Billion and as high as 10,000 Parts per Million depending on the application.  Because only the target hydrocarbons will fluoresce, these monitors have no significant affect due to water turbidity (rust, dirt, gas bubbles, soot, etc.).  Fluorescence monitors provide a measurement ...

  • Monitoring Leaks from Heat Exchanger - Paper Plant

    The Situation A Paper plant in the Eastern US uses 500 GPM filtered pond water for cooling lubricating oil in their paper line.  The now warmer water is sewer to an on-site pond.  Because the water is used to cool lubricating oil, the plant could not reuse the water in their pulping process for fears of possible oil contamination of the paper pulp.  The plant needed to be ...

  • Detecting Hydrogen Gas and Fires: Seeing the Unseen

    Hydrogen usage is growing. The general public sees and reads about hydrogen as an alternative fuel for cars. However, the big use for hydrogen is found in hydrocarbon processing and other important manufacturing processes. Hydrogen is the first element on the periodic table and is an essential element in the manufacturing of many of our everyday products. We must have respect for its explosive ...

  • Fixed Versus Portable Gas Detection – Which Is Better?

    Did you know that workers are needlessly injured every year as a result of leaking toxic or combustible substances? Such incidents are known to involve a wide range of hazardous gases (including ammonia, carbon monoxide, chlorine, hydrogen sulfide, hydrocarbon vapors and so on). The sad reality is that most of these accidents are avoidable if only the workplace is adequately monitored. This leads ...

  • Feds propose new reg to remove leaking storage tanks from service

    With spills and leaks from storage tank systems that contain petroleum products continuing to pose significant health and environmental risks, the federal Department of the Environment proposed recently a new regulation to reduce the risk of contaminating soil and groundwater. The proposed Storage Tank Systems for Petroleum Products and Allied Petroleum Products Regulations would replace the ...

  • Detecting Gases: What You Can`t Smell Can Hurt You

    Walking through a drill-site area, a worker smells rotten eggs and stops tor a minute or two to assess where a gas leak might exist. Rubbing his itchv eves as he investigates further, he notices that he no longer smells the tell¬tale hydrogen sulphide odour. He does not realize that the gas has deadened his olfactory senses and unless he leaves the area within seconds, he could lose ...

  • Is your Plant as tight as you think? Leak Detector for extremely toxic Gases, a Field Test Report

    Leak detection of commodity gases in chemical plants is a day-to-day practice. The sensor technology available for this application is field proven and reliable. No question about it, existing sensors will do the job. However, in plants manufacturing or handling extremely toxic substances, the picture is different. For example, take phosgene. The existing sensor technology for leak detection ...

  • QuadOa and OGI: how EPA regulations are changing the way we look at gas leaks

    Earlier this year, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published Regulation 40 CFR, Part 60, Sub-part OOOOa, commonly known as Quad Oa, and finally brought optical gas imaging (OGI) firmly into the mainstream. This presents a major shift in the way fugitive emissions are regulated, and the technology that can be used.  Detecting and acting on gas leaks is naturally a major ...

  • GE Leakwise Application Notes: Oil Sheen Detection -- An Alternative to On-Line PPM Analyzers

    Introduction Discharge of hydrocarbons in industrial water is restricted by environmental authorities in most countries to a few parts per million (ppm). Environmental authorities currently monitor wastewater, stormwater, and cooling water discharges from ...


    By GE Analytical Instruments

  • Munox SR Remediates Oil Seepage on Caribbean Island

    Munox SR bioaugmentation remediated petroleum seepage on a Caribbean Island by NRG Save of Toronto.  For several years on-going surface seepage from a crude petroleum leak was collected in a pit to prevent further surface flow.  Recently, Munox SR was added to the pit and to the ground surface.  After 6 days the water in the pit was visibly cleaner.  After 12 days ...


    By CL Solutions, LLC

  • TransCanada Pipelines - Alberta, Canada

    Service: SmartBall - Gas Leak Detection Client: TransCanada Pipelines Project Date: 2010 Type of Pipeline: Natural Gas Diameter: 16-inch Pipe Material: Steel Length: 68.9 KM Flow Rate: 3 meters/second Pure Technologies completed a demonstration inspection of a portion of the Grande Prairie Mainline gas transmission ...


    By Pure Technologies

  • Fugitive Gas Emissions In The Petroleum & Natural Gas Industry

    Challenge: Fugitive emissions in the petroleum and natural gas industry can come from a variety of sources and are classified as intentional (venting from tanks, compressor vents and stacks) or unintentional (equipment wear and tear, improper assembly, damage or manufacturing defects).  Most of these fugitive gas leaks are considered insignificant or  too small to ...


    By Leak Imaging, LLC

  • Monitoring Phenol in Water

    The Situation A plant located in the eastern United States manufactures phenolic resin for applications in plastics molding. This plant uses well water for cooling its reaction process and then discharges the water into a local creek. A leak in the reactor and associated cooling equipment would cause phenol and phenolic compounds to contaminate the cooling water. Such a leak could ...

  • Smart LDAR — more cost-effective?

    On December 19, 2008, EPA issued a final rule establishing a voluntary Alternative Work Practice (AWP) to detect leaks of volatile organic compounds (VOC) and hazardous air pollutants (HAP) from process equipment (FR Vol. 73, Number 246), thereby providing the regulated community additional flexibility in complying with leak detection and repair (LDAR) requirements. The AWP allows owners or ...


    By Trinity Consultants

  • Oil in frac water testing

    The amount of water used in and produced by hydraulic fracturing of shale gas wells is in the millions of gallons per well. Whether the water is going to be taken off site for disposal or reused for re-injection, the flowback or produced water needs pretreatment to remove any residual oil from the wa-ter. Waiting for remote laboratory results can take several days to a week. The InfraCal TOG/TPH ...


    By Spectro Scientific

  • IR Gas Detector Provides Rapid Response

    The advanced Model IR400 Point IR Combustible Gas Detector from General Monitors features an industry-leading three-second T90 response time to the presence of combustible hydrocarbon-based gases, which allows plant operators to respond quickly to gas leaks and ...


    By General Monitors

  • Safety Systems Depend on Reliable Field Sensors (Emphasis on Fire and Gas Detectors)

    Abstract Because not all hazards are the same, identifying and quantifying the hazard is the starting point in choosing sensing technology. Not all detectors are the same, and they should be selected according to their ability to detect the hazard. This paper gives a broad summary of technologies that provide users reliable responses to hazardous conditions, that minimise false ...

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