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Program ID: Innovation Anthology #889
Program Date: 08/24/2017
Program Category: Alberta, Energy, Environment, Technology

Chris Apps: C-FER In-Ground Pipeline Leak Detection Tests

Thousands of pipelines criss-cross the landscape, most buried underground.

 But when there's a big leak of liquid  hydrocarbons, that usually hits the news.

Chris Apps is a senior research engineer with C-FER Technologies, a subsidiary of  Alberta Innovates.

His group is working with pipeline companies to evaluate emerging technologies that will improve the detection of leaks at an early stage.

CHRIS APPS:  Two of them are fibre optic based, and one of them is distributed temperature sensing.  And so essentially what that is is taking a fibre optic cable and turning it into a series of thermometers  along the length of the fibre optic cable and inferring leaks based on  temperature changes of that fibre optic cable.   The second technology is distributed acoustic sensing where its taking that same fibre optic cable or a similar one, and measuring sound at discreet intervals along the length of that fibre optic cable.  Again, in that case, it's looking for either sound or vibrations caused by a leak.  

Chris Apps says C-FER is also testing two other  in-ground systems, one which uses an electrical cable to detect changes  and another which senses peaks in  hydrocarbon vapours.

Thanks today to Alberta Innovates

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I'M CHERYL CROUCHER

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ELDER Testing Facility for In-Ground Pipeline Leaks

ELDER Testing Facility for In-Ground Pipeline Leaks

Inside Leak Detection Sandbox - ELDER Facility

Inside Leak Detection Sandbox - ELDER Facility

Airborne Testing for Pipeline Leak Detection

Airborne Testing for Pipeline Leak Detection

Airborne Testing for Pipeline Leak Detection

Airborne Testing for Pipeline Leak Detection

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