Pipeline Leak Detection

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"Leak Detection Guarantees Pipeline Safety as Your Business Grows"

 

Introduction

Risk management is crucial when expanding your business. For example, when adding or expanding long range pipelines for LNG or liquid ammonia, ethylene, sulfur, compressed gas, or other hazardous substances, it is essential to form a risk prevention plan not only for inside the facilities but also for the surrounding areas. Failing to assemble the requirements for guaranteeing safety makes it impossible to add or expand plants, and potentially rules the company out from major business opportunities. The DTSX distributed temperature optical fiber sensor is a pipeline leak detection solution whose core value lies not only in avoiding risk during operations, but also in guaranteeing safety when adding or expanding plants. In certain projects, adding the safety instrumented systems that are key to those same applications wins approval from independent government agencies to install pipelines for liquid ammonia near residential areas. Pipelines that connect factories to shipping yards approximately 5 km away help customers expand their export businesses. And pipeline leak detection applications play a major role in developing new business.

What is the DTSX Distributed Temperature Optical Fiber Sensor?

The DTSX is a module that can be used as an optical fiber sensor to enable temperature monitoring over wide areas.

Customer Benefits

  • Monitors the Entire Area 24 Hours a Day, 365 Days a Year
  • Identifies Even Minor Leaks in 1-meter Units, and Triggers Shutdowns
  • Avoid Risk while Keeping Running Costs Down

Solutions and Benefits

Monitors the Entire are 24 Hours a Day, 365 Days a Year

Optical fiber sensors along the surface of the pipeline notify you of leaks by detecting temperature changes. One DTSX and its software application cover up to 50 km of pipeline. Since it monitors 24 hours a day, 365 days a year with no blind spots, it is an ideal component of a risk prevention system.

Identifies Even Minor Leaks in 1-meter Units, and Triggers Shutdowns

Slight leaks in pipelines can grow to large disasters. However, detection through pressure drops, mass balance, modeling, and other techniques is difficult, and it is tricky to pinpoint a location. The DTSX leak detection application captures changes in the surface temperature of the pipeline in 1-meter units at least every 10 seconds. That means it can immediately detect leaks of any size, and even makes it easy to find the location of a leak. And as part of a total Yokogawa solution, you can install a safety system that links up with the leak detection function to shut down the pipeline.

Avoid Risk while Keeping Running Costs Down

Pipeline sensor installations only require optical fiber, so no control of power system lines are needed. Also, optical fiber sensors require almost no maintenance. You can decrease risk while minimizing running costs.

Avoid Risk while Keeping Running Costs Down

Industries

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    Yokogawa has been serving the bulk chemical market globally and is the recognized leader in this market. With products, solutions, and industry expertise, Yokogawa understands your market and production needs and will work with you to provide a reliable, and cost effective solution through the lifecycle of your plant.

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  • Chemical

    Chemical plants rely on continuous and batch production processes, each posing different requirements for a control system. A continuous process calls for a robust and stable control system that will not fail and cause the shutdown of a production line, whereas the emphasis with a batch process is on having a control system that allows great flexibility in making adjustments to formulas, procedures, and the like. Both kinds of systems need to be managed in available quality history of product, and to be able to execute non-routine operations. With its extensive product portfolio, experienced systems engineers, and global sales and service network, Yokogawa has a solution for every plant process.

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  • LNG Liquefaction

    Highly reliable YOKGOAWA production control systems, which have been proven thorough extensive global projects, are installed in 76 trains of LNG liquefaction facilities and continues to improve the safeties, efficiencies and productivities. Also, YOKOGAWA contributes to maximize the revenue by enabling the efficient operation to the complex liquefaction process via APC (Advanced Process Control) license with consulting.

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  • LNG Regasification & Storage

    YOKOGAWA's production control systems are operated at 54 LNG receiving terminals around the world, and 2/3 of the terminals in Japan. YOKOGAWA contributes to stable and efficient gas supply at LNG receiving terminal through the total process, loading, storage, regasification, and metering.

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  • LNG Supply Chain

    YOKOGAWA has been engaging in LNG automation by supplying the latest sensors, analyzers, control and information systems for more than 50 years since LNG was first imported to Japan. YOKOGAWA is one of the biggest automation suppliers to the worldwide LNG supply chain, liquefaction, transportation, and regasification.
     

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  • Oil & Gas

    Yokogawa has a wealth of experience in every part of the oil and gas business, from offshore and onshore facilities to pipelines, terminals, and deepwater operations. We provide solutions that enhance safety, ensure accurate and reliable operation, and increase plant efficiency.

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  • Oil & Gas Downstream

    The oil & gas downstream industry has been facing an increasing number of challenges in recent years. These include the changing characteristics of the feedstock to be processed, aging of process facilities and equipment, rising cost of energy, lack of skilled plant operators who can run a refinery safely and efficiently, and the ever-changing requirements from both the market and the customer.

    Over the years, Yokogawa has partnered with many downstream companies to provide industrial solutions focused on solving these challenges and problems. Yokogawa's VigilantPlant solutions have helped plant owners to achieve maximum profitability and sustainable safety within their plants.

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  • Petrochemical

    Petrochemical companies’ needs are extremely diverse. To come out ahead in today’s highly competitive marketplace, producers are striving to improve quality and productivity. Yokogawa provides tailor-made solutions for these needs based on its long and wide-ranging experience in this field.

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  • Pipeline

    The right pipeline control and instrumentation can make a huge difference in terms of performance and profitability. Yokogawa has dedicated technology that can optimize the performance of all elements of a pipeline solution, including compressors, pumps, valves, and intermediate storage and distribution facilities.

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    In the ever changing marketplace, refineries are seen not only as crude processing units but also as profit centers. At the same time, there is a keen awareness of the need for safety at such facilities. A total production solution that encompasses planning, scheduling, management, and control is required to achieve long-term goals for profitability, efficiency, and environmental protection. With years of expertise in the automation field, Yokogawa can bring you affordable total solutions for improved operability and a cleaner world.

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    The upstream industry includes offshore and onshore activities including wellhead automation, fractionation, completion, and separation to recover and prepare underground or underwater crude oil and natural gas.

    As petroleum is brought to the surface, it must be separated prior to transport. Primary and secondary separation stages commonly distribute gas flow, water flow, and oil flow in three phase separation. Gas movement requires pipeline and can include a fractionation process in the upstream stage prior to movement. Liquids can be placed into a tanks or pipelines and sent for processing, requiring accurate level measurements.

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