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Oil pipeline valve automation for spill reduction

Abstract

Liquid pipeline codes generally stipulate placement of block valves along liquid transmission pipelines such as on each side of major river crossings where environmental hazards could cause or are foreseen to potentially cause serious consequences. Codes, however, do not stipulate any requirement for block valve spacing for low vapour pressure petroleum transportation, nor for remote pipeline valve operations to reduce spills. A review of pipeline codes for valve requirement and spill limitation in high consequence areas is thus presented along with a criteria for an acceptable spill volume that could be caused by pipeline leak/full rupture. A technique for deciding economically and technically effective pipeline block valve automation for remote operation to reduce oil spilled and control of hazards is also provided. In this review, industry practice is highlighted and application of the criteria for maximum permissible oil spill and the technique for deciding valve automation thus developed, as applied to ORSUB pipeline is presented. ORSUB is one of the three initially selected pipelines that have been studied. These pipelines represent about 14% of the total length of petroleum transmission lines operated by PETROBRAS Transporte S.A. (TRANSPETRO) in Brazil. Based on the implementation of valve motorization on these three pipeline,  More>>
Authors:
Mohitpour, Mo; Trefanenko, Bill; [1]  Tolmasquim, Sueli Tiomno; Kossatz, Helmut [2] 
  1. Enbridge Technology Inc, Calgary (Canada)
  2. TRANSPETRO - PETROBRAS Transporte S.A., Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil)
Publication Date:
Jul 01, 2003
Product Type:
Conference
Report Number:
ETDE-BR-20897631
Resource Relation:
Conference: Rio pipeline 2003 conference and exposition, Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil), 21-23 Oct 2003; Other Information: 10 refs., 8 figs., 2 tabs., 1 photo. Also available from the Library of the Brazilian Nuclear Energy Commission, Rio de Janeiro, in electronic form. Codes: IBP546{sub 0}3; BR0701724.pdf
Subject:
02 PETROLEUM; PIPELINES; VALVES; AUTOMATION; OIL SPILLS; BRAZILIAN ORGANIZATIONS; REMOTE CONTROL; LEAKS
OSTI ID:
20897631
Research Organizations:
Instituto Brasileiro de Petroleo e Gas (IBP), Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil)
Country of Origin:
Brazil
Language:
English
Other Identifying Numbers:
TRN: BR0701724
Availability:
Commercial reproduction prohibited; OSTI as DE20897631
Submitting Site:
BR
Size:
[12] pages
Announcement Date:
Aug 10, 2007

Citation Formats

Mohitpour, Mo, Trefanenko, Bill, Tolmasquim, Sueli Tiomno, and Kossatz, Helmut. Oil pipeline valve automation for spill reduction. Brazil: N. p., 2003. Web.
Mohitpour, Mo, Trefanenko, Bill, Tolmasquim, Sueli Tiomno, & Kossatz, Helmut. Oil pipeline valve automation for spill reduction. Brazil.
Mohitpour, Mo, Trefanenko, Bill, Tolmasquim, Sueli Tiomno, and Kossatz, Helmut. 2003. "Oil pipeline valve automation for spill reduction." Brazil.
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title = {Oil pipeline valve automation for spill reduction}
author = {Mohitpour, Mo, Trefanenko, Bill, Tolmasquim, Sueli Tiomno, and Kossatz, Helmut}
abstractNote = {Liquid pipeline codes generally stipulate placement of block valves along liquid transmission pipelines such as on each side of major river crossings where environmental hazards could cause or are foreseen to potentially cause serious consequences. Codes, however, do not stipulate any requirement for block valve spacing for low vapour pressure petroleum transportation, nor for remote pipeline valve operations to reduce spills. A review of pipeline codes for valve requirement and spill limitation in high consequence areas is thus presented along with a criteria for an acceptable spill volume that could be caused by pipeline leak/full rupture. A technique for deciding economically and technically effective pipeline block valve automation for remote operation to reduce oil spilled and control of hazards is also provided. In this review, industry practice is highlighted and application of the criteria for maximum permissible oil spill and the technique for deciding valve automation thus developed, as applied to ORSUB pipeline is presented. ORSUB is one of the three initially selected pipelines that have been studied. These pipelines represent about 14% of the total length of petroleum transmission lines operated by PETROBRAS Transporte S.A. (TRANSPETRO) in Brazil. Based on the implementation of valve motorization on these three pipeline, motorization of block valves for remote operation on the remaining pipelines is intended, depending on the success of these implementations, on historical records of failure and appropriate ranking. (author)}
place = {Brazil}
year = {2003}
month = {Jul}
}