Vol. 7 № 3, 2017 p 102-113


Article name, authors, abstract and keyword


Modernization of leak detection system at MOL product pipelines

Ferenc Péterfalvi a

a MOL Group, 18, Október huszonharmadika ulica, Budapest, 1117, Hungary


Abstract: Leak detection systems (LDSs) on pipelines have become common elements in pipeline management system used by pipeline operators. Different reasons may have led to the decision of a pipeline operator to implement or modernise a leak detection system. MOL HU Pipeline Operation had to implement a new system because the previous system had become obsolete; its operation was accompanied by many shortcomings. This article describes the real-life case of the whole journey that MOL Logistics had to take to achieve a properly functioning pipeline leak detection system in a brownfield environment. Taking into account strengths and weaknesses of the available technologies, the pipeline characteristics and the operational circumstances the expert team decided to apply pressure wave method as the main principle and specified the new system performance expectations. Based on the test results the performance of the new system had met the expectations which at the same time means we have reached the technical limits of this method.

Keywords: operation supervision system, leak detection system, pressure wave method, performance metrics, pressure measurement, resolution

Reference for citing:
Péterfalvi F. Modernisation of leak detection system at MOL product pipeline. Naukatekhnol. truboprov. transp.neftiinefteprod. = Science & Technologies: Oil and Oil Products Pipeline Transportation. 2017; 3(7):102–113.

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