The Sa˜o Paulo–Brasi´lia Pipeline was designed and constructed to be highly automated and is remotely operated by the National Pipeline Control Center in Rio de Janeiro. The terminals along the pipeline are largely unmanned nights and weekends. The PETROBRAS quality control standard establishes practices for tracking, sampling and analyzing product batches transported through the pipeline. A prototype of an automatic sampling system was designed to collect up to ten flow proportional and or instantaneous (“spot”) samples of different product batches transported through the pipeline for any given programmed schedule. This would eliminate the need for operators to be present at the terminals during weekends, holidays and night time to manually collect samples. This paper describes the successful implementation of this project from technical specification of the development of an Automatic Sampling System, the solutions proposed for its special features, the main characteristics of the Technical Cooperation Agreement (TCA) used to develop it and the systematic approach used for design, and factory / field testing phases.

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