Oil Leak Monitoring Articles

  • 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 ...

  • Monitoring heat exchanger leaks in Paper plant - Case Study

    The Situation A paper plant in the Eastern United States uses 500 gallons per minute filtered pond water for cooling lubricating oil in its paper line. The resulting warmed water is diverted to an onsite pond. Because the water is used to cool lubricating oil, the plant could not reuse the water in its pulping process for fears of possible oil contamination of ...

  • 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

  • Scanning for Leaks & Sinkhole Detection in a Retention Pond - Case Study

    In January 2015, one of our clients used AGI tools and software for leak and sinkhole detection in the liner of a retention pond in Tennessee. Process Our client’s customer had a retention pond that was designed to hold liquid, but it was leaking through a hole in the liner. The client used the ...


    By Advanced Geosciences, Inc.

  • Leakage from drill pipe casing subject to shear deformation

    The possibility of fluids leaking from a pressurised drill pipe casing subject to shear deformation caused by various events, including geological activity (such as seismic activity or deformations associated with subsidence related to excavation and construction) in the vicinity of the bore hole, is investigated. An experimental laboratory scoping investigation has been conducted to determine ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • Gas monitoring and leak detection in underwater application for the offshore oil and gas case study

    With over 300 sensors and systems sold world-wide and over 35 scientific users publications, Franatech is market leader for underwater methane detection and monitoring. Franatech is a developer and supplier of sensors for detection of gases in water. The company has more than 15 years experience in subsea applications, working with all kinds of sensing technologies. Coming from a scientific ...


    By Franatech GmbH

  • Temperature and leak monitoring boosts safety and reliability

    Amcor Flexibles Singen GmbH is a manufacturer of printed and unprinted aluminum-based packaging materials and an experienced technical applications specialist. Its plant in Germany, equipped with rolling mills and finishing equipment, turns out approximately 200 million square meters of aluminum foil in various grades every year. High-performance drying equipment is essential for Amcor’s ...


    By ALLWEILER GmbH

  • Investigation and risk assessment of a diesel leak: confidential

    Project: Emergency Investigation of a Fuel Leak Client: Confidential infrastructure management company Services: Rapid site characterisation and risk assessment Summary: Detailed risk assessment was used to quantify the environment risks pose by a fuel leak and avoid unnecessary remediation ESI was commissioned to ...


    By ESI Consulting

  • 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

  • Case study - Petrobras - Natal, Brazil

    Service: SmartBall - Oil Leak Detection Client: Petrobras Project Date: October 2010 Type of Pipeline: Multi-phase product Diameter: 12-inch Pipe Material: Steel Length: 20,900 meters Flow Rate: 0.3 – 0.6 m/s (1 ft/s) Pressure: 90-150 psi Temperature: 35◦ C Results: 3 simulated leaks created and ...


    By Pure Technologies

  • 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 ...

  • Oil and water don`t mix

    Small spots of motor oil on your driveway look tacky enough. Leaks of hydraulic oil from the hydro turbine of a big pumped-storage plant are not only more noticeable, but they also could end up in the facility's sump or in its reservoir, as well. At the Blenheim-Gilboa Pumped Storage Power Project in New York's Catskill Mountains, there's another reason leaks are unacceptable. The New York Power ...


    By Abanaki Corporation

  • Case study - Plains Midstream– Alberta, Canada

    Service: SmartBall - Oil Leak Detection Client: Plains Midstream Canada Project Date: May 2008 Type of Pipeline: Crude Diameter: 8-inch Length: 8,000 meters Results: 2 simulated leaks created and detected As small as 0.0025gals/min Plains Midstream selected SmartBall ahead of other technologies for their pipeline leak ...


    By Pure Technologies

  • Contain Oil Vapor for Better Reliability

    In a boiler feed pump, an air breather is used to vent the enclosed air space on the bearing housings. With increasing heat and thermal expansion, oil vapors form in the bearing housings and migrate through the air vents. The vapor then condenses in the air filter media saturating the filter with oil. The air breather becomes ineffective, which affects mechanical seals and the overall ...


    By JLM Systems Ltd

  • 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

  • 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

  • Achieving

    Introduction The leak repair requirements, under Title VI Section 608 of the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990, require that when an owner or operator of an appliance that normally contains a refrigerant charge of more than 50 pounds discovers that refrigerant is leaking at a rate that would exceed the applicable trigger rate during a 12-month period, the owner or operator must take corrective ...


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