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Silixa Shines Light on Subsea Leak Detection in Aftermath of California Spill

After Amplify Energy ordered to pay $5 million in criminal charges from California oil spill, Silixa stresses the need for better and more precise subsea leak detection technology.

The global independent producer of fibre optic-powered data solutions, Silixa, now provides two high-end complementary methods to help address the challenge of precisely pinpointing subsea leaks within a flow network.

According to recent news published in Reuters, a US independent oil and natural gas company, Amplify Energy Corp., agreed to pay around 5 million to settle the criminal charges in connection with a ruptured offshore pipeline that spilled 595 barrels of crude oil.

In light of this recent incident, Silixa stresses the importance of leveraging the latest technologies in detecting subsea leaks.

Submarine pipelines spread over hundreds of miles on the seabed, forming an extensive network. And in case an accident occurs, the compressed hydrocarbons transferred via this network would break through and result in a big-scale explosion. Such pipeline rupture would lead to severe degradation of air and water and adversely affect the coastal ecosystems.

Needless to say, the ongoing corrosion of the pipelines and temperature and pressure deviations only add to the possibilities of subsea pipeline leaks and rupture.

Even though constant monitoring of the seabed installation can help avoid leaks, it needs a sophisticated network of sensors, leak detection techniques, and other tools devised, verified, and deployed in key locations on the seabed.

Plus, data gathered in this process should be combined into a consistent software platform backed by high-level analytical models to analyze subsea service activities efficiently.

Demonstrating the company’s industry-leading sensor expertise, Silixa has introduced its high-performing intelligent Distributed Acoustic Sensor (iDAS) and distributed temperature sensor (DTS) that deliver meter-scale accuracy in the subsea leak detection process.

The company claims that its suite of DTS or iDAS solutions can notify operators of a potential leak generating automated alerts based on user-configurable standards. As a result, operators can accurately locate the leak, gain insight into its nature and take necessary mitigation measures before it becomes hazardous.

These complementary subsea leak detection techniques by Silixa can be installed separately or in partnership within a single fiber-optic cable.

Unlike point sensors that can offer data only at specific areas, Silixa’s distributed fiber optic sensor-powered subsea monitoring solutions ensure 100% coverage of the subsea installation.

As a result, oil and gas operators can efficiently monitor the integrity of their subsea assets and rapidly locate issues both internal and external to the infrastructure.

In addition, in Silixa’s leak detection systems, all active equipment can operate optimally on the surface – no subsea power is required.

Founded in 2007, Silixa is the leading provider of fibre-focused data solutions that help solve critical measurement issues in the infrastructure, oil and gas, alternative energy, mining, environmental and earth sciences sectors, providing high-fidelity datasets.

Interested parties can find more about Silixa and its subsea leak detection techniques at

Contact Info:
Name: Mahmoud Farhadiroushan
Email: Send Email
Organization: Silixa
Address: 230 Centennial Park Centennial Avenue, Elstree, Hertfordshire WD6 3SN, United Kingdom
Phone: +44-20-8327-4210

Source: PressCable

Release ID: 89082917

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