oil tank leak detection Articles

  • Proactive Leak Detection of Oil & Gas Assets Can Improve Worker Safety

    According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, there have only been 4 new refineries built in the last 20 years on US soil. Those 4 refineries have a combined capacity of These complex, engineering amusement parks must be properly maintained if they want to continue to not only be operable but also profitable. One aspect of proper maintenance and environmental stewardship is ...


    By EnTech Engineering, Inc

  • Leaks and spills - LNAP and DNAPL detection and clean up

    Any tank can leak. Most leaks can be cleaned up and responsible operators need equipment that does what’s needed. With an ATEX Zone 0 certified interface meter site operators can successfully achieve LNAP and DNAPL detection when monitoring petrochemical sites, tank farms, petrol station forecourts, landfills or remediation sites. If site technicians detect ...


    By Geotech

  • 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

  • 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 ...

  • GE Leakwise Application Notes: Oil Leaks at Power Generation Plants

    Fossil Fuel Power Generation Fuel fired power generation plants have several oil storage tanks for feeding fuel to the power units. Coal or gas fired power generation plants also have oil storage tanks to be used for start-up or as a back-up energy source. All ...


    By GE Analytical Instruments

  • Danger and Detection of Hydrogen Sulphide Gas in Oil and Gas Exploration and Production

    A rig worker smells rotten eggs near the well head, rubs his itchy eyes as he investigates the frosty pipe connections. After a few moments, he believes all is fine as he no longer smells the tell-tale hydrogen sulphide odour. In this scenario, we can only hope the worker recognises the danger and quickly leaves the site. Oil fields, especially mature ones, can produce hydrogen sulphide gas ...

  • 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

  • Developing Technologies to Detect Hydrogen Sulfide (H2S) Gas

    Abstract Hydrogen sulfi de (H2S) gas can cause nausea, headaches, unconsciousness, and death. Industries struggle to detect this deadly substance before it harms workers or communities. Safety system manufacturers have developed detectors that sense the H2S quickly and accurately. This paper illustrates, in general terms, considerations in effective placement of H2S detectors: ...

  • Identifying Leaks from Natural Gas Pipelines at a Safe Distance

    The use of natural gas, of which methane is the principle component, is increasing worldwide. According to the American Petroleum Institute methane meets 24% of U.S. energy demand and heats over 50% of all U.S. households. It also has many industrial uses, such as the manufacture of chemicals like ammonia, methanol, butane, ethane, propane and acetic acid; it is also an ingredient in products as ...

  • Update on the homeowner heating oil safety bill

    All homeowners in Massachusetts should be aware that on December 29, 2008, the State Senate enacted the long-awaited Homeowner Heating Oil Safety Bill as Chapter 453 of the Acts of 2008. It required homeowners to upgrade their existing oil heat supply line and insurance companies to offer coverage for a spill by July 1, 2010. On January 5, 2009, it was signed by the Governor. On June 30, 2010, a ...


    By Penney Engineering, Inc

  • While Oil Prices are Down, Get Up on Compliance

    It’s no secret that the oil and gas industry has taken a hit lately, with per-barrel prices dipping to as low as $27. The saturated market and low prices have many companies putting a hold on drilling. While no one in our industry likes dipping oil prices, there are two things you can do to weather the storm until those prices take a (much welcomed) upward turn: Stay up to date on ...


  • Oil Refineries Fail to Report Millions of Pounds of Harmful Emissions

    Executive Summary This report summarizes the findings of an investigation by the minority staff of the House Government Reform Committee into fugitive emissions from oil refineries. The investigation was requested by Rep. Henry A. Waxman, the ranking member of the Committee on Government Reform. It finds that (1) oil refineries vastly underreport leaks from valves to federal and state regulators ...


  • New air quality rules challenge oil & natural gas industry

    EPA Administrator signed a suite of proposed new air regulations affecting both the Production/Processing and Transmission/Storage sectors of the oil and natural gas industry. The proposed rules mandate the use of emission controls as well as work practices through two different air regulatory programs – New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) and National Emissions Standards for Hazardous ...


    By Trinity Consultants

  • Reducing Oil & Gas Methane Emissions: EPA Regulations & Data Collection

    U.S. President Barack Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau recently committed to very specific targets in the oil and gas sector. Their ambitious goal is to reduce methane emissions by 40-45 percent below 2012 levels by 2025. This target was reaffirmed ...


    By Intelex Technologies Inc.

  • Rikers Island UST design & environmental services

    Design and Permitting of the upgrade fourteen (14) underground diesel & No. 6 fuel oil storage tanks with a combined tankage of over 540,000 gallons for a Major Oil Storage Facility. Project includes subsurface investigation, installation of soil borings, groundwater monitoring wells, non-destructive ultrasonic and volumetric tightness testing of tanks, tank design rehabilitation including ...


    By GEA Engineering PC

  • A REC is a REC, right? Wrong!

    A Recognized Environmental Condition, or REC for short, is a term everyone involved in a commercial property transaction is familiar with. It is a potential problem area for the perspective commercial property buyer, a red flag to the lender, and often a headache for the seller and buyer both. Officially defined by ASTM International (ASTM, E-1527-05) as “the presence or likely presence of any ...

  • Due diligence for freehold purchase

    Client: Confidential Location: Shropshire, UK Services: Site investigation and contaminated land assessment, due diligence Summary: A concrete-mixing operator wished to purchase the freehold of their site. ESI undertook site investigation and risk assessment as part of a due diligence exercise. Our report enabled finance ...


    By ESI Consulting

  • Petroleum Refining Industry - Pollution Prevention Guidelines

    Introduction Pollution Prevention Guidelines to provide technical advice and guidance to staff and consultants involved in pollution-related projects. The guidelines represent state-of-the-art thinking on how to reduce pollution emissions from the production process. In many cases, the guidelines provide numerical targets for reducing pollution, as well as maximum ...


    By The World Bank

  • Monitoring once through cooling water - Case study

    The Situation Power plants and paper mills use service water loops and mill water loops respectively for the cooling of lubricating, hydraulic, turbine and transformer oil.  These cooling systems feature large, recirculating volumes of water which are treated with biocides, dispersants, and corrosion inhibitors. By comparison, refineries often ...

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