Only a hybrid multi-layer system, such as Leak Hunter™, could meet the stringent project requirements and overcome all obstacles.
Netico installed an end to end solution, including Hunter Sense™ edge computing devices, at only four block stations along the pipeline route. Power to all equipment in the block stations is supplied by the solar panels and batteries due to unreliable electrical power supply. Additionally, the use of wireless communications (satellite, digital radio, or 4G network) was required due to frequent interruptions and cuts in wire communications.
The system is designed to remain functional even if one of the measuring stations is out of service due to vandalization or failure of the equipment. This is possible as a result of the hybrid leak detection technology, which is capable of performing five different methods independently and concurrently. Furthermore, this approach makes the system smart enough to deal with non-standard transportation regimes and air gaps (column separations) present in the line. If one method misses the leak or claims a false leak, at least one of the four remaining methods will correct it.
Finally, the issue of unfavorable terrain configuration is resolved by the system’s capability of learning geo-static and fluid-dynamic corrective parameters of the pipeline.