Reduce environmental risk with Spontaneous Leak Detection Service

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Pinpoint small leaks fast with Siemens Energy Spontaneous Leak Detection Service powered by ProFlex

The Siemens Energy Spontaneous Leak Detection Service Powered by ProFlex is a subscription service provided by Siemens Energy for detection of spontaneous leaks in pipelines, gathering systems and offshore risers. The service is based on Siemens Energy IoT architecture and leverages advanced data processing algorithms from our partner ProFlex to identify and localize small leaks within seconds

Fast, localized detection of small spontaneous leaks results in:

Detect leaks in seconds before significant environmental damage occurs

Pinpoint leak location typically to +/- 20 to 50 feet minimizing excavation cost/time to find leaks

Identify leaks typically as small as ½ to 2 inches dramatically reducing product loss

Supplement existing leak detection systems for critical pipeline segments

Be able to quickly respond to new/pending regulations

Identify pipeline leaks in seconds

With Spontaneous Leak Detection, operators can now detect small leaks within seconds and take corrective actions quicker to minimize product loss and environmental impacts. Our technology can detect leaks typically in range of 1/2 to 2 inches.

 

The key differentiation between the Spontaneous Leak Detection Service and other leak detection approaches is performance. Typical mass balance system requires 1.5% - 4% volume loss with pressure threshold margin typically set at -15% pipeline operational pressure which means a substantial loss of product before a leak is indicated and then verified. The use of easy to deploy IoT technology means that pipeline leak detection can be easily deployed on brownfield as well as greenfield projects.

IoT and Advanced Signal Processing Technology is at the heart of the Spontaneous Leak Detection solution

The benefits of Spontaneous Leak Detection are made possible by leveraging continuing improvements in sensors, computing power, and communications technology combined with the advanced signal processing algorithms from ProFlex. The advanced signal processing is used to detect the negative pressure wave created by a spontaneous leak from the background pipeline “noise.”

 

By analyzing pipeline behavior and developing a unique, specialized approach to signal filtering for each individual pipeline and by continuously updating algorithms according to changes in pipeline flow parameters, the ability to quickly identify and pinpoint spontaneous leaks is achieved. The following figures depict the detection of a spontaneous leak. 

Getting Started is Simple

The spontaneous Leak Detection solution is offered as a Subscription Service. This means that Siemens Energy takes all responsibility for implementing the solution. We have minimal impact on the pipeline operation and your company staff to engineer and deploy the Spontaneous Leak Detection solution.

 

Spontaneous Leak Detection Service is an engineered solution that is tailored to your specific physical and operating conditions. 

  • The first step is a site survey and field test using portable Spontaneous Leak Detection solution hardware to determine feasibility
  • The next step is determining the number of nodes and location and then installing the nodes and sensors along the pipeline
  • We then “tune” the system to the your specific pipeline operating conditions
  • Operational handover to customer
  • Ongoing maintenance and support for the Spontaneous Leak Detection solution during the subscription term
  • Ongoing meetings with customer to share best practices and insights

The goal is to minimize disruptions to pipeline operations and minimize the amount of your staff’s time required to get the Spontaneous Leak Detection solution operational. 

For operators of pipelines and offshorerisers, spontaneous leaks are a major issue.

With SLD Service, operators can now detect leaks in seconds and be able to take corrective actions quicker to minimize product loss and environmental impacts. The SLD Service enables users to identify spontaneous leaks typically as small as 0.20-.50% of the pipeline cross section within seconds and localize the leak location typically to +/-20 to 50 feet. Integration of SLD Service leak detection alerts into existing customer SCADA and other customer corporate systems increases response and mitigation times to minimize product losses and potential environmental impacts. The use of easy to deploy advanced hardware technology means that pipeline leak detection can be easily deployed on brownfield as well as greenfield projects.

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