Siemens Energy partners with ProFlex Technologies

Siemens Energy has partnered with Houston-based ProFlex Technologies to 
provide spontaneous leak detection services for pipeline operators. As part of 
the agreement, Siemens Energy gains exclusive access to ProFlex Technologies’ 
digital Pipe-Safe™ advanced leak detection technology. The technology, 
combined with Siemens Energy’s Internet of Things (IoT) system, will enable 
operators to reduce the environmental risk associated with operating their 
infrastructure by minimizing unplanned releases of product into the ecosystem.

The solution leverages remote pressure monitoring and complex data 
processing algorithms to rapidly detect and localize pipeline leaks within +/-20 
feet of their location. It is particularly relevant for companies that operate 
aging infrastructure, enabling detection of small leaks in pressurized lines 
transporting virtually any type of liquid or gas medium (e.g., natural gas, crude 
oil, water, petrochemicals, etc.). Specific applications include long-distance oil and 
gas transmission lines (i.e., multi-node systems); production gathering networks at 
well sites; and offshore production risers. 


“The use of Siemens Energy’s IoT technology, together with the Pipe-Safe 
technology, is a powerful combination that will help operators safely operate 
their assets and mitigate against the impact of unplanned product release 
through the early detection of leaks,” said Nico van Rensburg, head of Onshore 
Solutions’ Digital Solutions and Portfolio Innovation at Siemens Energy. “The 
IoT-based leak detection solution uses highly sensitive pressure sensors 
connected to pipelines at key locations to monitor internal pressure 
continuously.” 

Using complex data processing algorithms at the monitoring nodes, pressure 
pulses created by the leak are identified, and leak location can be accurately 
determined. This data can be transmitted to mobile devices or back to a central 
location using the latest cloud-based technology. Immediate actions can be 
taken to repair the leak. The IoT-based approach has broad applicability and is 
suitable for use with any asset type, including new installations and existing 
assets. 

“Combining state of the art remote pressure monitoring and data processing 
technologies within Siemens Energy’s IoT systems represents a cost-effective 
leak detection solution that’s easy to install and requires little ongoing human 
intervention,” said Stuart Mitchell, managing partner, ProFlex Technologies. 
“The solution provides peace of mind to customers that any unexpected 
damage to their pipeline can be immediately detected and located, 
significantly reducing the volume of any liquid spill and the associated impact 
to ongoing operation.”

“The Pipe-Safe solution from Pro-Flex Technologies complements our existing 
IoT digital service offerings that, with the use of analytics, improve asset 
efficiency and safety with greater operational transparency,” said Jennifer 
Hooper, senior vice president, Industrial Applications Solutions for Siemens 
Energy. “This collaboration represents yet another step on our journey to 
helping the industry enhance sustainability by providing solutions that reduce 
emissions and minimize environmental impacts.” 

The spontaneous leak detection as-a-service is immediately available from 
Siemens Energy, with the first implementations expected early next year.

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