Hydrocarbon Storage Leak Detection: Gasoline, Jet Fuel, Diesel, and Oil Tanks

Hydrocarbon Storage Leak Detection

Leaks in hydrocarbon storage tanks may occur via the tank walls or the tank bottom. It is common for an older oil storage tank to have corrosion at its base, emerging from either internal corrodents or external influences such as soil moisture and pH. The addressable sensing cables in the Naftosense hydrocarbon leak detection system offer continuous monitoring and protection for various hydrocarbon storage tanks, aiding in avoiding soil contamination and product loss. The Naftosense hydrocarbon leak detection cable is both fast sensing and reusable. 

The cables' underlying technology uses a physical phenomenon that has been around for decades: employing polymeric absorption to detect the presence of compounds in the vapor phase. Polymer-absorption sensors consist of a chemically sensitive absorbent deposited onto a substrate that acts as an electrode. As chemical vapors contact the absorbent, the chemicals absorb into the polymers, causing them to swell. The electrode's resistance varies as swelling occurs, which may be quantitatively measured and recorded. The swelling is proportional to the chemical vapor concentration in contact with the absorbent. PAS technology, which dates back to the 1950s, has a proven track record of identifying the presence of hydrocarbons. The technology works in harsh environments and provides real-time, cost-effective critical infrastructure integrity monitoring. 

Naftosense is one of the few leak detection companies in North America capable of tailoring and configuring custom solutions for specific applications. By providing an industry-approved, fully functioning, long-term leak detection system with data communications and location-based warnings, backed by a 10-year guarantee, Naftosense has the real-world knowledge to solve the challenges of the most demanding applications.

Reason to deploy Naftosense Leak Detection for Hydrocarbon Storage Tanks:

  • Reports leak volume as the small leak gets larger.
  • Zero false alarms.
  • Will not react to water.
  • High sensitivity.
  • Self-calibrating.
  • Custom leak detection system design.
  • 10–year factory warranty.
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Leak Detection for Underground Bulk Storage of Hydrocarbon Products

Leak Detection for Underground Bulk Storage of Hydrocarbon Products

Gasoline, heating oil, and other liquid petroleum products, which make up most of the nation's fuels and energy supply, are frequently held in underground storage tanks or USTs. There are around 553,000 USTs that store petroleum and other hazardous materials in the USA. Leaking can have significant environmental and health consequences, including contamination of groundwater, which is the source of drinking water for over half of the population of the United States.

Corrosion around the base of oil storage tanks is common, resulting in leaks, product loss, and soil pollution. Because early identification of UST system leaks helps stop contamination from spreading from UST locations, the EPA requires UST system owners and operators to detect releases.

All regulated tanks and piping must have release detection, so the discovery of leaks happens fast before contamination spreads from the UST site. An owner must provide their UST system with release detection (often called leak detection). There is no single leak detection technology best for all locations or a single type of leak detection that is consistently the least expensive for USTs. Each method for detecting leaks has its own set of features. 

Secondary Containment with Interstitial Monitoring


Secondary containment separates the tank from the rest of the environment. The leak stays between the tank and the barrier, where the leak gets identified. A leak moves towards the interstitial monitor due to the form of the barrier.

Monitors for the Interstitial Space 


Monitors used for sensing leaks between the tank and the barrier are interstitial monitors. They warn the operator if a leak is detected.  The physical presence of the leaked product, whether liquid or gaseous, is indicated by several detectors. A measuring stick, placed at the lowest point of the confinement to detect pooled liquid product, is an example of a simple monitor. For critical areas where safety and security are an issue, more sophisticated automated systems are available to check for leaks continuously.

Oil leaks in underground pipelines can be challenging to detect, but hydrocarbon leak detection devices from Naftosense provide an excellent solution. They continuously check for hydrocarbons in various situations. Their unique addressable sensing cabling is IP68 rated, meaning it will continue to function in high water levels and still pinpoint the source of oil leaks. 

The Naftosense hydrocarbon leak detection system is perfect for airports and gasoline station storage facilities since it quickly detects and repairs any detected fuel, diesel, or jet fuel leaks. Small-volume hydrocarbon detection in mission-critical applications such as power generator rooms in data centers and other similar locations means you'll be able to detect a leak before any damage occurs, reducing downtime and costs.

Contact Naftosense for any hydrocarbon leak detection applications. Our customer service personnel are available and eager to assist you.

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The Naftosense FLD-TSP7 Control Panel

FLD-TSP7 Touchscreen Control Panel

FLD-TSP7 is a high-performance 7-inch touchscreen controller designed for powering and interfacing with Naftosense brand of monitoring modules. These modules base communications on Naftosense long-range ERBUS proprietary bus. The controller provides an IP54/NEMA 3S water-resistant wall-mounted enclosure for installation in control rooms and other remote locations where dripping water might be potentially present.

The primary use of FLD-TSP7 is to monitor up to three zones with long lines of leak detection for hydrocarbons, alcohols, solvents, or conductive liquids of up to 9800ft (3000 m) each. Each zone on the FLD-TSP7 can power and communicate with up to 25 Naftosense monitoring modules. The communication protocol permits robust and reliable operation even in case of partial failure of the circuit of monitoring modules. Each monitoring module can connect several independent sensors and provide the true multi-leak capability.

FLD-TSP7 provides power and multiplexed communications through the Naftosense ERBUS proprietary bus resulting in an efficient communication infrastructure. The FLD-TSP7's high-level interfacing to DCS/SCADA implements through the RS-485 serial output with Modbus RTU or dry contacts. With options for up to 9 SPDT relays, alarms, and readily configured communications, the FLD-TSP7 is fast and easy to set up.

The maximum distance covered with this wired layout (accumulated sensor and jumper cables) is more than 2.3 miles (3.2 km). The optional loopback wiring increases the system reliability in case of cable breaks and shorts. The intuitive password-protected user interface on the touch panel provides flexible configuration and adjustable alarm threshold.

Features and Benefits of the FLD-TSP7

  • Extremely long range of leak detection circuit monitoring
  • Easy T-branching – no special devices/components needed
  • Adjustable alarm threshold
  • Very wide operating temperatures range
  • Able to interface with sensor modules for various types of liquids as water, acids, bases, hydrocarbons, alcohols, ketones, etc.
  • 10-year warranty

Typical Applications for the FLD-TSP7

  • Pipe sections in remote facilities
  • Detection of viscous hydrocarbons in substations, pumping stations, etc.
  • Detection of leaking fuel from airport hydrant systems, military, and custody transfer installations in harsh outdoor, demanding environmental conditions
  • Leak detection in data centers and commercial buildings
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Emergency Diesel Generator Fuel Leak Detection

Emergency Diesel Generator Fuel Leak Detection

Emergency generators are often the final line of defense for many facilities when a utility failure or a catastrophic incident occurs. Undetected diesel oil leaking on generators can be exceedingly harmful, with potentially profound effects, especially in data centers, health care facilities, airports, or military facilities. 

Diesel oil leak detection by Naftosense protects diesel generators and the diesel systems that support them, such as storage tanks and diesel distribution pipelines. The leak detection system includes addressable sensing cables, point sensors, and digital leak monitoring panels. 

Once a leak is discovered anywhere along the sensor cable, the digital leak monitoring panels will offer information on the precise position of the leak. The monitoring panel also provides information on the persistence of the leak and the magnitude of the leak. The sensor cable only responds when it comes into contact with hydrocarbons, making it perfect for detecting diesel fuel. 

By installing a hydrocarbon sensing sensor cable in the floor space surrounding the generators and fuel tanks, you can create a system that detects fuel considerably more quickly than any other conventional way. Apart from rapid detection, this technique enables the owner to immediately determine if a leak is a minor nuisance impacting only a few inches of the sensor wire or a significant leak affecting a broad section of the sensor cable. This degree of detail can be incredibly beneficial when the equipment is in a remote location. Upon discovering a leak, immediately action may be taken. Depending on the installation, you may opt to shut down the problem engine, stop the associated fuel pumps, or notify the facility's manager of the condition.

The following are some of the benefits of Naftosense Diesel Leak Detection Systems
  • Water and pollutants do not affect the accuracy of the detection. 
  • Leaks can be detected early and accurately. 
  • Small, medium, and large area monitoring. 
  • The unique address of each sensor cable allows for individual identification of multiple leaks. 
  • Can be deployed in explosive environments. 
  • Installation and expansion are simple, and maintenance is simple.
For more information, contact Naftosense. Call (614) 350-0911 of visit https://naftosense.com.

Don't Risk Undetected Hydrocarbon Leaks

Don't Risk Undetected Hydrocarbon Leaks

Leaks of hydrocarbons are a severe problem. The environment and your business are protected when leaks in tank farms, airfields, pipelines, refueling ports, and refineries get discovered early. The key is early identification and pinpointing the leak's source. 

The Naftosense Leak Detection System provides you with the following benefits: 

  • Sensor cables and probes can directly detect and localize the source of a petroleum leak, allowing you to respond quickly before the spill causes harm. 
  • Fluid leak detection systems for pipelines, tanks, harbors, airports, pumps, and valves that are reliable and accurate. 
  • Leak detection and location information are far more advanced than that of a standard SCADA system. 
  • Optional configurations that turn off pumps or valves while not in use. 
  • Simple or sophisticated systems can be designed for present demands while also allowing future growth thanks to modular and scalable units. 
  • Local, networked remote alarms and diagnostics, building management system integration, email and SMS notices available.

Naftosense can provide a bespoke leak detection system tailored to your demands, whether your issue is heavy crude oils, lubricants, dielectric oils, solvents, petrochemical compounds, gasoline, jet fuel, diesel, or biofuels. You can detect and locate the source of a leak with the Naftosense leak detection system, allowing you to take decisive action long before the spill gets out of hand. Don't jeopardize your employees' safety, the environment, or your company's reputation on a runaway leak.

Typical Areas Requiring Naftosense Technology:

  • Tank farms
  • Civilian airfields
  • Military airfields
  • Pipelines
  • Re-fuelling & bunker depots
  • Refineries
  • Harbors

For more information, contact Naftosense. Call (614) 350-0911 of visit https://naftosense.com.

Leak Detection for Isolation Valves on a Crude Oil Pipeline Water Crossing

This video shows Naftosense leak detection sensors in a crude oil pipeline where isolation valves located at a water crossing point. 

The video focuses on several installation techniques, including:

  • Cloth jackets to force any leak into the sensor wire area and to keep the contamination footprint isolated
  • Sensor locations and setups of the isolation valve assembly in a small containment basin
  • Multiple sensors spread across the floor of the containment basin to detect all potential leaks
  • The use of standard and custom hardware for maximum utility.

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