This article describes the development of industry standard for pipeline security pre-warning (PSP) technology which is an achievement of China National Petroleum Corporation’s Eleventh Five-Year science and technology project. By comprehensive application of signal acquisition and identification technologies, the PSP system monitors the pipeline for real time and promptly warns and locates the damages caused by illegal excavation, drilling hole for oil-stealing, pipeline erosion and natural disaster. This technology applied and operated well on some long distance transport pipelines in China and was listed on the Recommendation Projects for Safe and Security by the State Administration of Work Safety in 2009.

To speed up the industrial application and promotion of the PSP technology, the Oil & Gas Storage and Transportation Standardization Committee (OGSTSC) of the Petroleum Industry organized the development of the standard from which transferred the research and development results. The standardization process has taken two years and gone through five major steps: first, determining the standard range; second, researching relative standards, laws and regulations; third, carrying out field tests; fourth, drafting the specifications, finally, revision and finalizing the standard. The development of PSP standard is a typical example for OGSTSC of transferring knowledge from R&D to industrial standard and finally to end users. The PSP standard development process was finished in 2010 and the industry standard SY/T 6827 Specification for Security & pre-warning System of Oil & gas Pipeline was published in the July of 2011.

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