Siemens Energy is partnering with Houston-based ProFlex Technologies to provide spontaneous leak detection services for pipeline operators. As part of the agreement, Siemens Energy gained exclusive access to ProFlex Technologies’ digital “Pipe-Safe” advanced leak detection technology. The technology, combined with Siemens Energy’s Internet of Things (IoT) system, is for operators to reduce environmental risks by minimizing unplanned releases of product into the ecosystem.
The solution leverages remote pressure monitoring and complex data processing algorithms to rapidly detect and localize pipeline leaks within +/-20 feet of their location. It is particularly relevant for companies that operate aging infrastructure, enabling detection of small leaks in pressurized lines transporting virtually any type of liquid or gas medium (e.g., natural gas, crude oil, water, petrochemicals, etc.). Specific applications include long-distance oil and gas transmission lines (i.e., multi-node systems); production gathering networks at well sites and offshore production risers.
Pressure pulses created by the leak are located using complex data processing algorithms at the monitoring nodes. This data can then be transmitted to mobile devices or back to a central server using the latest cloud-based technology. Immediate actions can be taken to repair the leak. The IoT-based approach has broad applicability and is suitable for use with any asset type, including new installations and existing ones.