underground pipeline leak Articles

  • 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 ...

  • Underground, underwater, under stress: Town of Longboat Key puts SmartBall tool to unusual pipeline condition test

    When much of your critical sewer pipeline lies buried under a bay of shimmering ocean water, the challenges required to assess its condition may seem daunting. That task faced the Town of Longboat Key, an affluent retirement community located on the barrier island of the same name off the west coast of Florida. Sensitive to environmental, health and safety issues, ...


    By Pure Technologies

  • 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

  • Pipeline infrastructure renewal at Miami-Dade Water & Sewer Department

    Abstract Various governmental, professional and private studies have shown that the replacement costs of underground pipeline infrastructure is excessive and that best practice approaches for infrastructure risk management promote condition assessment programs to understand the actual condition of individual pipe sections in order to best allocate limited capital replacement and ...


    By Pure Technologies

  • Integrity management: how direct assessment is improving pipeline inspection

    Oil and gas pipelines have been around for well over a century, and some of the earliest constructed are still in service today.  Although early pipelines were made of wood, and in the past few decades plastics and composite materials have increased in popularity, the vast majority of pipelines in service today are constructed with steel.  Like any pipe material, steel pipe has its ...


    By Pure Technologies

  • 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

  • Case study - Germany/Albstadt: How telemetry cuts the cost of leak detection significantly

    Introduction Albstadt is a town located in southwest Germany, about 80km south of Stuttgart. Albstadtwerke are the utility network distribution provider in this region supplying potable water, natural gas and electricity.  In addition to managing and maintaining the local distribution assets in Albstadt, Albstadtwerke operate and maintain two more potable water distribution ...


    By Gutermann AG

  • Case study - The Philadelphia Water Department (PWD)

    Service: Sahara Leak Detection Client: The Philadelphia Water Department (PWD) Project Date: 2007 Type of Pipelines: Transmission Mains Diameter: 16 to 60-inch Pipe Material: Cast Iron Dutile Iron Steel Length: 22.2 miles Results: 47+ leaks identified The Philadelphia Water Department (PWD) has focused on water loss management programs for the past decade ...


    By Pure Technologies

  • EXPERIENCES WITH THE USE OF OXYGEN RELEASE COMPOUND IN LOW PERMEABLE SOIL

    Introduction The new Copenhagen Metro is planned to cross an oil-polluted site with an area of 300 m² with oil concentrations of up to 7,000 mg/kg in the soil and 1-2 mg/l in the groundwater.  The oil pollution at the site arises from leaking underground storage tanks and pipelines belonging to a former service station. In order to reduce the costs of handling the polluted soil and to avoid any ...


    By REGENESIS

  • Listening In: Smartball Detects Ancient Buried Sounds

    For this leak detection survey, Pure’s innovative free-swimming acoustic tool gathered critical information about the aging pipeline assets of this historic Arabian city. This large public utility supplies bulk water to this bustling, historic resort city located in the Arabian Penninsula region. The city’s infrastructure – above ground and below – ...


    By Pure Technologies

  • Questions And Answers About Saltwater Spills

    An estimated 1 million gallons of saltwater generated by oil drilling has leaked from a North Dakota pipeline, company and tribal officials say, and federal authorities are investigating whether any of the liquid reached Lake Sakakawea, one of the nation's largest man-made lakes. Here are some questions and answers about the spill and saltwater: Q: How does oil drilling produce ...


    By Associated Press

  • Questions and answers about oil and gas wastewater spills

    Nearly 3 million gallons of briny water generated by crude oil production has leaked from a North Dakota pipeline and reached two creeks, making it the biggest spill of this type of wastewater since the state's Bakken formation oil boom began in 2006. Here are some questions and answers about oil and gas saltwater spills: Q: What does this liquid consist of, and where does it come from? A: ...


    By Associated Press

  • Non-Revenue Water – A Growing Issue for Water Utilities

    Each day, billions of gallons of water are lost worldwide to various factors, including leaks, water main failures, theft and metering inaccuracies. Not only does this represent the waste of a precious resource that many people do not have reliable access to, it also represents a massive amount of lost revenue for the utilities that provide water services. In developed nations, ...


    By Pure Technologies

  • 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

  • MFE slipline of water supply case study

    HOBAS Under Live Runway When the main water supply line at the McAllen, Texas, airport was rehabilitated using HOBAS pipe, it brought new meaning to the phrase “slipline live.” McAllen-Miller International Airport (MFE) is the primary business airport of deep South Texas and Northeast Mexico. To accommodate the future needs of the greater Rio Grande Valley, a master ...


    By Hobas Pipe USA

  • Municipal sewer remote monitoring

    Sewers are critical heavy duty infrastructure components requiring costly maintenance. Many municipalities suffer from ageing pipelines that pose higher chances of failure. Sewer leak or overflow results in high cost as a result of civil reimbursement and due to inflected illness. Moreover Civilian frustration that results form the overflow is often targeted towards the municipality. Overflow can ...

  • Application of photocatalytic process for removal of methyl tert-butyl ether from highly contaminated water

    The addition of methyl tert-butyl ether (MTBE) to gasoline as an additive to replace tetraethyl lead has brought about a significant improvement in air quality (Zang and Farnood, 2005a). MTBE raises the oxygen content of gasoline thus helps reduce harmful agent of CO, NOx and ydrocarbon emissions from vehicle exhausts (Jacobs et al., 2001; Zang and Farnood, 2005b; Guillard et al., 2003). About 20 ...


    By University of Tehran

  • Questions and answers about damaging oilfield wastewater

    As U.S. oil and gas production increased this past decade, so, too, did spills of salty oilfield wastewater that can foul the land, kill wildlife and threaten freshwater supplies. An Associated Press analysis of 11 states found more than 180 million gallons of wastewater spilled from 2009 to 2014. Questions and answers about this damaging byproduct of energy production: WHAT IS IT? ...


    By Associated Press

  • Questions and answers about damaging oilfield wastewater

    As U.S. oil and gas production increased this past decade, so, too, did spills of salty oilfield wastewater that can foul the land, kill wildlife and threaten freshwater supplies. An Associated Press analysis of 11 states found more than 175 million gallons of wastewater spilled from 2009 to 2014. Questions and answers about this damaging byproduct of energy production: WHAT IS IT? ...


    By Associated Press

  • City Of West Palm Beach Reaches Out To Community With Proactive Approach To Manage Critical Force Main

    The City of West Palm Beach (WPB) makes a concerted effort to engage its citizens. As one of the three largest cities in South Florida, WPB is a vibrant, growing waterfront community with a population of more than 100,000. Since 1974, WPB has experienced exponential growth in its population and correspondingly, in its wastewater ...


    By Pure Technologies

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