Leak detection is of prime importance in the oil and gas industry considering the fact that the fluids being transported and flowing in different stages are inflammable and generally operate at high pressure conditions. A small leak anywhere in the system can lead to a significant impact on the occupational and environmental safety. To ensure operating companies and service providers implement measures to mitigate leak related risks, regulations such as the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) in the US and Technical rules for Pipelines (TRFL) in Germany are in place that act as drivers for improving the reliability, sensitivity, accuracy, and robustness of leak detection systems.
In this issue of the Oil and Gas TOE we cover developments in leak detection technologies that are aimed at improving the integrity of wellbore and pipelines. In specific, we have identified wellbore logging methods that use innovative sensing technologies to help improve sensitivity to low-flow rate leaks through cracks or casing breaches of varying sizes and advanced modular sensing technologies that help improve pipeline leak detection.
The Oil and Gas TechVision Opportunity Engine (TOE) provides intelligence on innovations pertaining to technologies, products, and processes, along with strategic insights, in the upstream and downstream processes in the oil and gas industry.
The Chemicals and Advanced Materials cluster tracks research & innovation trends and developments across specialty chemicals, plastics, polymers, chemicals, bio-chemicals, metals, coatings, thinfilms, surface treatments, composites, alloys, oil and gas, fuel additives, fibers and several other related technologies and its impact and application across industries.
Keywords: Leak detection, wellbore leak detection, pipeline leak detection, acoustic sensing, ultrasonic, logging, cement bond, pipeline integrity, well integrity