Pipeline companies face growing need in their assets protection from different kinds of malicious activities. Most of those are related to fuel theft and pipeline vandalism. There are few traditional solutions for pipeline security which are based on acoustic, pressure, flow rate and other statistic methods of protection. However, these methods are efficient only for short period until integrated methods are studied and successfully bypassed by unauthorized 3rd party.
New concept which is currently implemented in countries that suffer from fuel theft is called “Terminal Blending Concept” which allows to perform final blending at terminals themselves and such to prevent unreasonable theft from the pipeline. Due to the fact that terminals are limited with their abilities to perform complete blending of the final products, pre-final products are delivered by pipeline to the terminals and perform final product blending in real time (by adding additives).
Pre-final product which is transferred by pipeline to the fuel terminal becomes theft prevented due to the fact that these are not of the required quality therefore it has no economic value to the thief. In order to prevent phenomenon of pre-final products theft for later on self-blending at illegal small refineries, the final blended products at terminals are locally marked.
Product market allows authorities to control and prevent illegal distribution of unauthorized quality and source product.
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