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Technical Toolboxes To Market SmartBall® Leak And Theft Detection For US Oil And Gas Pipelines

HOUSTON, May 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Technical Toolboxes has partnered with Pure Technologies Ltd. to offer a complete solution for leak and theft detection in oil and gas pipelines. The solution combines the Technical Toolboxes pipeline integrity approach with SmartBall® leak detection, which offers unparalleled size estimation and location accuracy.

Oil and gas pipeline operators are responsible to multiple stakeholders with their pipeline integrity programs. Not only must they meet or exceed federal and state regulatory requirements, but also answer to stakeholders that are concerned with economic and environmental losses.

The SmartBall solution complies with all regulations, while reducing economic and environmental losses through the detection of small leaks that may go unnoticed using traditional leak detection methods.

The tool can be easily transported, set up, launched and retrieved with minimal training for the existing company or service provider personnel. Results from the inspection are extremely reliable with data analysis and preliminary reporting within hours.

Overall, the SmartBall solution can be used for a fraction of the cost of traditional inspection methods, which helps operators better manage risk, lower operating costs and improve pipeline performance.

Through PHMSA's R&D grant the SmartBall has been optimized to detect and locate very small leaks in gas pipelines. Additional information is available on this PHMSA link: http://primis.phmsa.dot.gov/matrix/PrjHome.rdm?prj=234

"This solution will become the new standard in pipeline leak detection prove-up," said Joe Summa, Technical Toolboxes President & CEO. "The SmartBall solution will radically change the way pipeline owners and operators conduct pipeline leak sensitivity studies, over/under business audits, respond to issues and maintain regulatory compliance. This product solves many of the issues the pipeline industry has faced over the last decade."

There are more than 2.5 million miles of pipelines in the U.S. and about 3,000 pipeline operators, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation Pipeline & Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA).

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