Security of Unattended Pipeline Stations

by Francis J. Stastny, Willbros Butler Engineers Inc, Tulsa, OK, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Design and Operation of Pipeline Control Systems


The ultimate purpose of a security system is to maintain equipment and service in a normal operating condition or to restore the equipment and service to normal operating condition as soon as possible after any damage occurs. To accomplish this, it is necessary that the pipeline company prepare and update an emergency plan. Every security system utilizes detection devices, and the paper discusses some of the parameters which should be considered in selecting the devices for a security system. Only devices deemed suitable for outdoor installation should be considered for use in detecting intruders at unattended pipeline stations. The paper also describes some devices which can be used. Economic justification for the application of the many possible systems will vary from company to company and will depend on the nature and location at the station, the type of intrusion anticipated, and the degree of exposure which can be tolerated.

Subject Headings: Security | Pipelines | Equipment and machinery | Probe instruments | Parameters (statistics) | Economic factors | Pipes | Communication systems

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