Pipeline theft and vandalism can lead to the loss of millions of dollars of revenue each year, loss of lives due to safety breaches such as explosions, environmental damage if product is spilled and left undetected and reputational damage, which can take years to recover from.
Pipeline thieves are often experienced and using sophisticated equipment and methods to avoid being identified. The size and duration of each theft are usually kept below the flow meter detection limit, making it extremely difficult for flow balance-based methods to detect the theft.
It’s now more important than ever for pipeline operators across all industries to use reliable and sensitive theft detection in order to minimise product loss and limit the potential damages.
For oil pipelines
Many countries are susceptible to oil pipeline thefts and increasing pressure to minimise the thefts that happen. When the illegal tapping points occur it’s not only the financial impacts of the loss of products that’s a concern but the potential explosions that lead to loss of lives and homes. Reliable and sensitive theft detection is becoming ever more important in order to minimise product loss and limit the potential damages.
For water pipelines
In countries where water is costly and precious, thefts from water pipelines are more likely to occur. To protect this premium commodity accurate and reliable leak detection systems are hugely beneficial to reduce water loss.