energy content of gas theft and leakage in pipelines


In order to take up gas theft and leakage prevention in a pipeline system seriously and conclusively the first thing required to be done by management is to eliminate guess work – technical managers operating the system have developed trivial stories over time which are convenient for the consumption of general public and political leaders who are less familiar with technicalities involved in the process of gas theft and leakage prevention in pipelines. Such un-professional arguments are often supported (or not opposed) by regulators, like OGRA in Pakistan, due to absence of strong opposition during public hearings because of vested interests. Thus gas theft and leakage prevention in pipelines is often misunderstood as an issue that is to be rectified by political leaders alone without any technical support work and sometimes vice a versa.

Pipeline repair
Special Pressure Containing Sleeve – Fig 1 to 4 above indicate how it is put on an In-service leaking pipeline

UFG is a technical issue and pipeline repair is the key to control UFG (Un-accounted For Gas) or LAUF (Lost And Un-accounted For) gas, provided metering is done accurately. SNGPL and SSGC have been in the habit of dealing with UFG as a political and security phenomena with OGRA always sympathetic towards their cause. These two companies have never considered lack of pipeline repair and maintenance as the main cause of their un-controllable UFG, besides metering and billing anomalies. This article serves to provide info for existing professionals in such utility companies to drive an initiative to compel their management to act more professionally in dealing with UFG.