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Inspecta Secures an Order for Six more Tube Leak Detection systems from India

In December 2012, Instrotech (Pty) Limited (Instrotech) secured an order for six new, Inspecta FFT Acoustic Tube Leak Detection systems from NTPC Limited ((formerly National Thermal Power Corporation), the largest Indian state-owned electric utilities company based in New Delhi, India, which Instrotech was able to supply and ship within six weeks – an impressive order turnaround time for any Manufacturer.

“During a recent visit to Chennai, to finalise these orders with our Indian representative, Marvel Engineering Company, I was able to see, firsthand, that our system is recognized in India as being a leader in this type of technology”, says Paul Mason, Managing Director of Instrotech.

This locally manufactured technology is able to “listen” to the sound within a combustion chamber and detect leaks of less than 2mm in diameter in a 600 MW boiler, using an audio sensor.  The sensor is a miniature industrial pressure transmitter enclosed in a sealed acid and dust-proof capsule, essential in the harsh environmental conditions where boilers are situated. This early warning leak detection has, on many occasions, saved consequential damage from occurring in a boiler saving millions in repairs or downtime.

Whilst Governments around the world are trying to reduce their country’s domestic coal usage in the hope of using alternate or renewable methods of generation, according to a report in ESI-Africa, by Elliot Gue an American Energy and Income Advisor, the demand for coal has actually surged because of high natural-gas costs in Europe, which has increased coal-fired generation by 14% year on year in the Eurozone.  India and China continue to build coal-fired power plants and South Africa has two new plants coming on stream in the next couple of years.  

"This augers well for us and the funnel for future opportunities, internationally, is filling up ”, says Mason.   "We are also currently in talks to conduct a pilot project, using our system on a biomass plant in the Eurozone, which could put us in an excellent position to supply an early warning system for many different types of energy generation plants”. 

The Inspecta Acoustic Tube Leak Detection System, is a proudly South African designed and manufactured technology which will be on show at the Hannover Messe, Hall 11, stand B57 from the 8th -12th April 2013.

For more information on Inspecta FFT Acoustic Tube Leak Detection systems, acoustic leak detection system, contact Instrotech on 011 462 1920 or visit

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