Measurements for leak detection and flow assurance
The DTS system provides high-resolution distributed temperature profiles along the entire length of the riser and flowline. It can improve the effectiveness of flow assurance systems, warn of hydrates formation, help to optimize the quantity of chemical inhibitors, improve production system uptime, and reduce active heating cycles. Other applications include leak detection, temperature profiling in power cables, and distributed strain measurements for integrity monitoring.
An optical fiber serves as the DTS sensing element and data transmission medium; it can be installed in small conduits after pipeline commissioning. Using a single optical fiber eliminates the need for low-reliability optical connectors. The optical fiber can be replaced and upgraded at any time, ensuring that data are available throughout the life of the asset.