Can be installed on both buried- & above-ground pipelines during operation
TORONTO ON, CANADA ??? Fiber Optic Systems Technology, Inc. “FOX-TEK” has announced the installation of another PinPoint system on a sweet crude pipeline for a large Calgary-based oil and gas producer.
This is the third system purchased by this customer for installation in Alberta.
The solar-powered PinPoint system gathers remaining wall thickness information at locations identified by the operating company as being high risk, high consequence, or both.
The PinPoint system can be installed on both buried- and above-ground pipelines during operation, meaning there is no need to shutdown throughput to install the sensing system.
Data is transmitted using a cellular connection and subsequently posted on a secure website for 24 hour access by stakeholders.
The PinPoint sensor sleeve contains a tight array of electrical field mapping sensors and thermocouple probes. By generating an electric field through the sensor array, the system can measure the initiation and growth of corrosion defects inside the pipe.
The watertight sleeves are manufactured from non-conductive, glass fiber reinforced polyester; vacuum molded according to pipe diameter; and available in 1m (3′) and 2m (6′) monitoring lengths. Installation requires removal of the pipe coating. The sleeve is sealed at all joints and the pipe is wrapped at the ends to restore external corrosion protection.
The array of electrodes, thermocouples and current input points contact the pipe through a non-detrimental, mechanical fit onto the OD surface. A sleeve can be installed as a semi-permanent fixture and relocated to other, same diameter monitoring locations as required.
For a general introduction see the downloadable PDF-format?? Primer on the PinPoint EFM System.
Fiber Optic Systems Technology, Inc. “FOX-TEK” develops non-intrusive asset health monitoring sensor systems for the oil and gas market to help operators track the thinning of pipelines and refinery vessels due to corrosion/erosion, strain due to bending/buckling, and process pressure and temperature. FOX-TEK’s FT fiber optic sensor and Pinpoint systems allow cost-effective, 24/7 remote monitoring capabilities to improve scheduled maintenance operations, avoid unnecessary shutdowns, and prevent accidents and leaks. FOX-TEK has offices in Toronto, ON and Calgary, AB; FOX-TEK is traded on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol ???FOX???.
For more information, visit www.fox-tek.com.
Fiber Optic Systems Technology, Inc. (FOX-TEK)
4580 Dufferin Street, Suite 402
Toronto, Ontario M3H 5Y2
Telephone:1-866-915-2288 and +1 416-665-2288
Fax: + 1 416-665-0494