The SkyTRACE Solution for Major Pipeline Leak Detection
EnviroTRACE, a pioneering environmental company specializing in sensitive leak testing services, was subcontracted by a prime contractor for a significant pipeline reactivation project. The objective was to use EnviroTRACE’s latest innovation, SkyTRACE, to detect potential leaks during the hydrotesting process.
The client was reactivating two inactive pipeline segments, covering approximately 192 kilometers. These segments were filled with water for hydrotesting, but if a failed reading occurred, pinpointing the exact location of the leak along the vast, challenging terrain would be an arduous task.
The diverse terrain was characterized by mountains, swamps, bodies of water, dense brush, and private properties. Further complicating the situation, the area was remote with limited cell coverage and inhabited by a variety of wildlife species. In addition, extreme weather conditions, wildfires, and landslides posed significant operational challenges.
EnviroTRACE utilized its innovative SkyTRACE technology to rise above these challenges. A chemical marker was introduced into the pipeline, and atmospheric monitoring sensors were installed along the pipeline’s length. As the pipeline was filled with water for hydrotesting, the team was ready to collect and analyze sensor data to locate any potential leaks.
A dedicated team of full-time employees and several part-time staff braved the extreme weather and rugged terrain over six months, using an array of vehicles and even hiking when necessary. All sensor locations were GPS-located, ensuring precision and accuracy in the data collected.
Thanks to SkyTRACE’s sensitivity and the team’s dedication, EnviroTRACE successfully verified that the hydrotests were valid and that no integrity breaches had occurred. The pipeline sections were confirmed as “tight” and ready for reactivation.
The successful detection and verification process provided the prime contractor, the client and the regulating body with the confidence to proceed with the reactivation of the pipeline segments.
The SkyTRACE solution’s successful application on this significant pipeline reactivation project showcases its potential as a robust and reliable solution for leak detection in challenging environments. It stands as a testament to EnviroTRACE’s commitment to helping companies maintain regulatory compliance while prioritizing environmental responsibility.