Validating TransCanada’s leak detection system: watch what happens in the Operations Control Centre as the TransCanada team successfully performs its first commodity withdrawal test.
On a windy day in the town of Cowgill, Missouri, project manager Al-Aziz Moosa and his colleagues watch with anticipation as years of research and development are tested before them.
The testing, which is taking place on the first phase of TransCanada’s Keystone Pipeline System in northwestern Missouri, involves the controlled removal of crude oil, called a “commodity withdrawal;” from the Keystone Pipeline in order to simulate a leak and validate the sensitivity of TransCanada’s state-of-the-art 24-hour leak detection system.
As oil is carefully withdrawn from the pipeline system, the Operations Control Centre in Calgary detects and calculates the volume of oil leaving the pipeline and confirms the success of the tests.
If a true leak were to happen on the pipeline, the Operations Control Centre would shut down the pipeline system and stop the flow of oil within minutes.
The commodity withdrawal project reinforces our ongoing efforts to realize our goal of zero safety incidents on our pipelines and other facilities, and represents a significant step forward in TransCanada’s ability to test and validate the performance of its leak detection system.
Today, TransCanada has one of the industry’s largest R&D programs, investing over $38 million in R&D projects across North America in 2014. To complement our extensive internal R&D program, we also conduct research in partnership with industry associations and peers, academia, government and non-government organizations in Canada, the U.S. and Mexico. This enables us to pool resources and share results to improve standards across the industry.
Our R&D efforts exemplify TransCanada’s un-wavering commitment to improving industry standards and ensuring our growing portfolio of energy infrastructure assets meets the needs of people who rely on us to deliver their energy safely and reliably.
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