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Modelling-tracer study for risk assessment of a proposed sour gas facility

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As an integral part of a risk assessment of a sour gas pipeline proposed for a recreational area in the Rocky Mountain foothills, the dispersion of hydrogen sulphide was assessed using meteorological monitoring, tracer gas concentration measurement and a complex terrain diffusion model. Sulphur hexafluoride was released into the nocturnal drainage winds of two valleys in the eastern slopes of the Alberta Rockies southwest of Calgary. The resulting concentrations were measured at several points on transects at various distances from the source. The NUVAL version of the dispersion model IMPACT (Integrated Model for Plumes and Atmospherics in Complex Terrain) was site tuned using the measured concentrations and concurrent meteorological data. Relative mean absolute errors of 24–50% were obtained. The Gaussian model (PLUMES) with modified stability classes gave relative mean absolute errors of 42–64% in predicting transect maxima. Dilution rates were found to be much larger than would be experienced under similar conditions over flat terrain.

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Sakiyama, S.K., Angle, R.P. Modelling-tracer study for risk assessment of a proposed sour gas facility. Environ Monit Assess 10, 133–146 (1988). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00401778

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  • Risk Assessment
  • Dilution Rate
  • Complex Terrain
  • Hydrogen Sulphide
  • Flat Terrain