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Case Study: Leak detection - Gas & Petrochemicals


Flexim HPI Portable Flowmeter

The Enterprise family of companies is one of North


America’s largest midstream energy networks, providing
services to producers and consumers of natural gas,
natural gas liquids (NGLs), crude oil, refined products,
liquefied petroleum gases (LPGs) and petrochemicals.

The assets of the combined entities include more


than 48,000 miles of onshore and offshore pipelines
that transport and gather natural gas, NGLs, crude oil,
petrochemicals, LPGs and refined products such as
gasoline, diesel and jet fuel. Enterprise offers 200 million
barrels of NGL storage, 27 billion cubic feet of natural
gas storage, 14 million barrels of crude oil storage, 27
million barrels of refined products and LPG storage, The meters do not have to be custody quality but need
28 natural gas processing and treating facilities, 17 to be highly accurate. Shutting down the pipeline
NGL & propylene fractionation facilities, and 19 refined to install leak detection metering is not an option.
products terminals. The measurements must be “normalized” for standard
volume. This usually requires the use of a flow computer
Enterprise Products Pipeline provides transportation (such as an Omni) as well as temperature and pressure
services to customers on a fee basis; therefore, the (or density) inputs. As a result, inline meter installations
gross operating margin is directly dependent upon tend to be very costly as well as disruptive to pipeline
the volume of product transported. The Enterprise operations.
application story starts over 3 years ago when Enterprise
approached FLEXIM looking for a solution to “Leak Solution
Detection” which is required throughout their pipeline The FLEXIM “HPI” meter offers the perfect solution to
system by Federal regulations. this problem. It allows the measurement to be made
non-invasively eliminating any disruption in pipeline
Challenge operations. The “HPI” meter eliminates the need for a
Enterprise must have a means for monitoring the separate external flow computer as the “HPI” meter
flow of critical segments on their pipeline between comes pre-configured with industry standard tables
facilities. This monitoring is typically in addition to (GPA TP-25, ASTM 1250 and 4311) which together with
their custody metering, and many segments where the temperature and pressure inputs will do the standard
monitoring is needed there is no custody metering. volume compensation internally. The FLEXIM solution is
cost effective and non-disruptive to pipeline operations.
The initial installation was so successful, over the last 3
years Enterprise has put nearly 200 FLEXIM meters in
service throughout its pipeline system.

Flexim “HPI” Pipeline Meter - Fast Facts


• Leak Detection, Interface Detection, Check
Metering, Pig Detection, Barge & Tanker,
• Pipelines, Terminals, Chemical & Petrochemical
Plants, Gas Plants, Refineries,
• References: Enterprise Products, Exxon Mobil
Pipeline, Shell Pipeline.

MeasurIT Technologies Ltd.


Craan, Craanford, email: info@measurIT.com Phone: +353 (0) 53 942 8962
Gorey, Co. Wexford, Ireland www.measurIT.com Fax: +353 (0) 53 942 8963