Ensuring the continuing effectiveness of leak detection systems (LDS) is of paramount importance for pipeline operators in order to meet tightening safety and environmental regulations and to minimise the potential risks of catastrophic events.
The updates of 49 CFR 195 require pipeline operators to evaluate the capability of their leak detection systems to protect the; public, property, and the environment; and modify them as necessary to do so.
These systems often perform well when installed but degrade over time due to a wide range of factors including problems with instrumentation, software, maintenance and operations.
How do operators actually know whether their pipeline or pipeline network is sufficiently monitored during all operating conditions, whether all parts of the system are functioning properly, and whether all the legal requirements and industry standards are met?
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