On a windy day in the sleepy town of Cowgill, Missouri, Project Manager Al-Aziz Moosa and his colleagues watch with anticipation as years of research and development are tested before them. The testing, which is taking place on the first phase of TransCanada’s Keystone System in northwestern Missouri, involves the controlled removal of crude oil from the Keystone Pipeline in order to simulate a leak and validate the sensitivity of TransCanada’s state-of-the-art leak detection system.
The controlled removal of oil from the system is called, a “commodity withdrawal,” and Al and his team are literally extracting information to get the best possible insight into the performance of its high-tech leak detection systems.
The commodity withdrawal project represents a significant step forward in TransCanada’s ability to test and validate the performance of its leak detection system.
Watch as we speak with the team that helped TransCanada perform its first commodity withdrawal test.