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27 Sep 2016

OptaSense and Optilan to monitor 1,850km TANAP pipeline project

OptaSense, a QinetiQ company, and its partner Optilan, a telecommunications systems integrator, have been awarded the combined leak detection and security package from ABB, the Engineering, Procurement and Construction prime contractor for the delivery of the control infrastructure* for the Trans-Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline (TANAP).

The contract, in excess of $30 million split evenly with Optilan, was awarded at the start of the year and now enters the equipment delivery phase, marks a significant milestone for OptaSense, the global leader in Distributed Acoustic Sensing (DAS) and Optilan, an international communications and security systems provider. This will be the world’s largest fibre distributed sensing project, protecting and monitoring more than 1850km of pipeline, including perimeter security for all facilities.

The TANAP natural gas pipeline runs from Azerbaijan through Georgia and Turkey to Europe. The project is of strategic importance for the region, as it will enable the first Azerbaijani gas exports to Europe, while strengthening the role of Turkey as a regional energy hub. Construction of the pipeline began in 2015 and is scheduled to be completed in 2018, with expected costs in the region of $10-11 billion.

Magnus McEwen-King, Executive Director at OptaSense commented: “This project marks a significant turning point in the adoption of fibre sensing globally with delivery of security and leak detection from a single fibre system. This approach will enable us to demonstrate superior technical performance and value for money. With our partners ABB and Optilan we look forward to helping TANAP use the OptaSense technology to deliver the highest levels of pipeline availability and reduce the cost of asset ownership.”

Mr Bal Kler, Executive Director at Optilan said: “We are pleased to be partnering once again with the world’s leading fibre sensing company to deliver the world’s largest pipeline monitoring project. Implementation of this project for TANAP will deliver total security and monitoring over the entire pipeline length and follows on from other successful security projects in Turkey.”

OptaSense’s award-winning integrated DAS solution works across multiple functions via a single fibre-optic cable that effectively “listens” to the pipeline in order to provide detailed data about its current status. Any changes to the condition of the pipe are fed back through an interrogator unit in real time, allowing users to identify and address issues early and maintain the highest level of pipeline integrity and product throughput.

Leak and intrusion detection are vital to maintaining pipeline integrity and production maximisation in the oil and gas industry. In 2015 an attack on the Kirkuk-Ceyhan pipeline, which exports crude from Iraq to Turkey, halted operations resulting in significant repairs and thousands of barrels per day in lost deliverables.

*Control infrastructure includes telecommunication, pipeline monitoring, security systems, control systems and integrating SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition)

22 Sep 2015

OptaSense named finalist in Global Pipeline Awards

Unique use of acoustic sensing by world leader provides effective leak and intrusion detection

ASME-logo22 September 2015:  OptaSense, a QinetiQ company and the global leader in Distributed Acoustic Sensing (DAS) has been recognised for its unique contribution to effective pipeline leak and intrusion detection by being shortlisted for a prestigious international award.

The company has been recognised in the ASME Pipeline Systems Division Global Pipeline Awards for the innovative use of its award-winning DAS system on Columbia’s Bicentennial oil pipeline.

The judging panel recognised OptaSense’s unique use of a single fibre system to provide both leak detection and intrusion detection on the country’s largest pipeline. The 235Km first phase of the pipeline was completed in 2012 and has a diameter of 36-42 inches with the capacity of 450,000 barrels per day (bpd) of crude.

The integrated DAS solution works across multiple functions via a single fibre-optic cable that effectively “listens” to the pipeline in order to provide detailed data about its current status. Any changes to the condition of the pipe are fed back through an interrogator unit in real time, allowing users to identify and address issues early and maintain the highest level of pipeline integrity and product throughput.

Leak and intrusion detection are vital to maintaining pipeline integrity and production maximisation in the oil and gas industry. The pipeline was closed last year due to third party attacks on it, costing the Columbian economy thousands of barrels per day in lost deliveries.

OptaSense executive director Magnus McEwen-King said: “This award not only recognises the innovative use of fibre but also the engineers of Ecopetrol and OptaSense who have jointly worked to deliver real improvements to the integrity management process of the Bicentennial pipeline.

“This nomination is a further acknowledgment of our leading position in South America, and highlights our commitment to continued growth in the region. Our award-winning technology has a proven record of reducing the costs of asset ownership and providing life-long intelligence through highly effective monitoring, thereby reducing incidents and extending asset life.”

The annual awards ceremony aims to recognise pipeline technology innovation processes in phases such as: research laboratory, field applications, technology incubators, and development of markets for new products, and is open to all companies.  The winners will be announced at the awards ceremony held on Thursday 24 September 2015. The four other finalists are: Rosen Group, GMC Inc., Subsea 7, and LABMETRO, CENPES Petrobas Research Center.

 

About OptaSense

  • OptaSense is a platform technology which has applications in a number of markets, including infrastructure security where the technology is already under contract to monitor 23,000kms of assets, principally providing leak detection and third party intrusion detection for oil and gas pipelines.
  • OptaSense is the World leader in Distributed Acoustic Sensing and operating in 50 countries globally with operations across multiple industries including Oil & Gas, Defence & Security, Transport and Utilities. It is managed as a subsidiary of the QinetiQ Group.
  • Website: www.optasense.com

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02 Sep 2015

OptaSense major pipeline monitoring project in Mexico

OptaSense technology to be deployed on Mexican pipeline to improve security and reduce cost of asset ownership

02 September 2015: OptaSense, a QinetiQ Company, has announced that its award-winning fibre-optic Distributed Acoustic Sensing (DAS) system has been chosen to provide improved pipeline monitoring, including leak detection, on a gas pipeline in Mexico.
The contract, agreed at the beginning of 2015, is worth $4 million and has just started the implementation stage.  The contract marks a further step forward in international expansion into the Americas, following on from projects in Brazil, Colombia, the USA and Canada.

OptaSense will be used for advanced leak detection using its patent pending, “4-mode” leak detection technology. OptaSense will also provide enhanced security monitoring to detect third party intrusion events, as well as ground movement monitoring.

The integrated solution works across these multiple functions via a single fibre-optic cable that effectively “listens” to the pipeline in order to provide detailed data about its current status. Any changes to the condition of the pipe are fed back through an interrogator unit, allowing users to identify and address issues early and maintain the highest level of pipeline availability and product throughput.

Magnus McEwen-King, Executive Director, OptaSense said: “This pipeline provides a vital natural gas supply to feed growing demand in central Mexico and we’re delighted that our DAS system will play a crucial role in keeping it safe while helping maintain the flow of gas.

“Mexico is currently building numerous new infrastructure projects for the future, with new pipelines, plants, rail and road infrastructure projects all being fuelled by huge investment. As part of our international investment strategy OptaSense is committed to supporting critical national infrastructure owners throughout Latin America to reduce the costs of asset ownership through real time monitoring and security.”

22 Apr 2015

OptaSense enters into major framework supply agreement

Farnborough, 22 April 2015: OptaSense, part of the QinetiQ Group, has entered into a two year framework agreement in the Middle East to deliver enhanced security, using its Distributed Acoustic Sensing (DAS) systems, on up to 8,000km of assets.

The framework agreement will see a major programme to install up to 200 OptaSense systems to protect oil & gas pipelines, refineries, airports and other critical national infrastructure sites. The contract follows the successful completion of previous work in the region to protect similar facilities.

OptaSense’s Managing Director, Magnus McEwen-King said: “The protection of critical national infrastructure, in particular oil & gas pipelines, is vital to assure revenue generation, especially in the Middle East. We are particularly pleased to be chosen to protect an entire regional asset base through a structured two year implementation programme. This framework agreement is an endorsement of OptaSense’s proven capability in delivering large scale projects reliably.”

“We know our customers rely on our systems to keep their assets safe and productive and often OptaSense is the first line of defence against theft & terrorism. As such, our customers not only rely on an excellent technical solution but also in having the depth of resources to deliver in field performance reliably over many thousands of kilometres of critical national infrastructure.”

Upon completion of this programme OptaSense will be protecting approximately 23,000km of assets globally in 50 countries.

22 Oct 2014

OptaSense provides revenue assurance to LNG pipeline by reducing the impact of third party intrusion

October 22nd, 2014

OptaSense, a QinetiQ company and global leader in Distributed Acoustic Sensing (DAS) technology, has successfully prevented external threats to a natural gas pipeline in the republic of Yemen, according to a case study paper due to be presented by Total at ADIPEC, the  oil and gas show in Abu Dhabi, 10-13 November 2014. The paper notes “that since the pipeline intrusion detection system was installed, there has been a significant improvement in pipeline availability and regular LNG shipments.”

The OptaSense system was originally installed, as an integral part of the pipeline security operation in late 2013, on the 320 km long pipeline that runs liquefied natural gas (LNG) from Marib to Balhalf in the Republic of Yemen. The pipeline had previously encountered a number of incidents that disrupted product supply. The paper, originally presented by Total at Rio Oil & Gas trade show in September 2014, adds that “no attempt at intrusion on the pipeline resulted in damage to the facilities” as a result of integrating OptaSense with other security measures.

Magnus McEwen-King, Managing Director at OptaSense, said: “We are extremely pleased to work with Total and its local partners to ensure the availability of their pipeline. This project demonstrates that through the implementation of OptaSense into operations, it enables pipeline operators to reduce damage resulting from third party interference to zero. Ensuring pipeline integrity and availability is essential to enabling a continuous supply of product and therefore revenue from their pipeline assets.”

The project requirements were to implement a security system to allow early detection of potential threats and to minimize the amount of new equipment installed in the field by making use of already installed fibre optic communications cable. OptaSense will be demonstrating its Distributed Acoustic Sensing technology at ADIPEC 10-13 November 2014, Hall 12, stand number 12334.

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14 Jun 2013

OptaSense Multi-modal Leak Detection Module Launches at Pipe Tech World Summit 2013

June 14th, 2013

OptaSense to provide industry-leading robust, reliable, sensitive and accurate leak detection

Real-time asset intelligence company OptaSense today announces the addition of its four-mode leak detection module to its industry leading Pipeline Integrity Management platform. The new software based enhancement module brings together four methods of leak detection – negative pressure wave monitoring for rupture events; acoustic signature recognition of high pressure leaks; fast Distributed Temperature Gradient Sensing (DTGS); and ground heave strain monitoring – into a single platform, providing a comprehensive leak detection system.

This new leak detection module greatly enhances the business case for using fibre. Optasense technology enables customers to obtain an unrivalled level of data from a single system. For the first time a single system can deliver the full suite of pipeline integrity management requirements including third party intrusion and leak detection as well as operational condition monitoring eg pig tracking.

The newly released OptaSense leak detection module combines all of the four most commonly used detection methods, making the system significantly more sensitive and able to provide more accurate localisation than alternatives such as Flow Mass Balance and Chemical Sensing. The module allows for leaks to be detected and repaired more efficiently than in the past, improving safety and potentially reducing financial losses resulting from the leak.

The OptaSense Pipeline Integrity Management platform uses standard fibre optic communications cables as sensors to gather data on potential leaks. The benefits of the OptaSense System include:

  • Leak detection via negative pressure wave monitoring: OptaSense sensors are created every 10m compared to industry standard of c.10km-20km. As the sensors are much closer to any given event, the speed, spatial resolution and sensitivity of detection is greatly increased.
  • Acoustic leak detection signature recognition: Fluid or gas passing through a leak orifice creates a sound or energy event that can be detected by the OptaSense fibre optic system.
  • Ground heave monitoring to identify high pressure gas leaks: When pipelines are breached there is an instantaneous release of pressure which causes the ground expansion, this effect together with the acoustic rupture signal produces a reliable leak detector, less sensitive to fibre offset distance.
  • Distributed Temperature Gradient Sensing in real-time: OptaSense DTGS delivers a revolution in leak sensing, for the first time opening up a new category of difficult-to-detect small leaks to inspection.  For example, with properly located cables DTGS can provide detection of small 15 litre per minute real-world leaks with a 1° temperature differential to be detected in a few minutes under typical pipeline conditions.

Magnus McEwen-King, Managing Director at OptaSense, said: “The new module complements our existing pipeline security and monitoring toolkits and delivers all of the operational measurement requirements from a single system. Our four-mode leak detection module will deliver operators a more powerful and comprehensive leak detection capability which will be alert on leaks faster and more accurately than ever before.”

OptaSense is launching its new module at the Pipe Tech World Summit in Barcelona 17-19th June 2013 supported by a presentation from Jerry Worsley, Global Sales Director at OptaSense UK. The presentation will be at 11.50 on the 19th June at Hesperia Tower, where the summit will take place.

25 Feb 2013

Indian state controlled oil company BPCL selects OptaSense for new national pipeline monitoring security contract

February 25th, 2013

  • Fibre-sensing solution to be deployed along BPCL’s Bijwasan pipeline
  • New technologies allows more sophisticated data management and detection

Real-time intelligence company OptaSense, a QinetiQ company, today announces that, following a proven track record of operating in India, it has been contracted by Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL) to protect the Bijwasan pipeline in India. The pipeline is owned and operated by Indian state-controlled oil and gas company BPCL, and runs from Kota, Rajastan to Mathura, a city in the North Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.

The contract with OptaSense is for its Third Party Intervention (TPI) application, and has been awarded through the Indian subsidiary of OptaSense’s distribution partner, Optilan. The project will protect approximately 200 km of pipeline and BPCL will be implementing the system on further pipeline lengths upon successful completion of this phase. When completed the system will comprise approximately 20,000 virtual microphones along the pipeline and brings the total amount of pipeline monitored in India to approx. 1,000km making OptaSense by far the largest operator in the region.

OptaSense are worldwide leaders in creating distributed fibre sensing solutions, which use existing fibre-optic cables running alongside pipelines and other installed infrastructure to act as virtual microphones. These microphones are monitored and analysed in real-time, to allow users to ‘hear’ if pipeline are under threat – the real time nature of the system will enable BPCL to prevent damage to their pipeline increasing the assurance of product supply.

Bal Kler, Sales Director for Optilan, commented: “Pipeline integrity and safety is always of the highest importance to our customers, and we are pleased BPCL have chosen the most commercially advanced solution. The award follows on from our successful delivery of other pipeline security projects in India, such as the Mangala Development Pipeline (MDP) operated by Cairn India which was commissioned in 2012, and further cements our strategic commitment to expanding our existing local capability, through our Optilan India subsidiary”.

Magnus McEwen-King, Managing Director for OptaSense, said: “Our latest contract, with BPCL, shows both the confidence being expressed in OptaSense for pipeline protection by the Indian government, and as a result of the rigorous processes engaged during the assessment phase is further recognition by the best scientists and engineers from BPCL, that we deliver the highest standards and the strongest technical solution.

“We pride ourselves on our unrivalled ability to put meaningful data in our customers’ hands, and the BPCL deal means we now protect approx. 1,000 km of pipeline asset in India alone. We look forward to providing BPCL with real-time intelligence data which will help to protect this important pipeline, and to bringing in and securing new jobs and investment locally.”

OptaSense delivers an unrivalled pipeline integrity management solution, through analysing a range of data analysis modules where typically operators have traditionally had to rely on only one data measurement per sensor, OptaSense combines a number of data points. For example, OptaSense is able to simultaneously measure pipeline temperature change; acoustic fingerprint; negative pressure waves; and ground heave – all of which combine to provide an unrivalled complete pipeline integrity management tool.

As well as providing midstream applications in pipeline security and condition monitoring, OptaSense also provides upstream applications such as seismic and well monitoring, and other solutions for the transport, borders and military industries. OptaSense is a QinetiQ company.

26 Nov 2012

OptaSense begins work in Iraq

November 26th, 2012

OptaSense Secures Pipeline Security Deal In Iraq

OptaSense, the company that protects the world’s key infrastructures by turning fibre-optic cables into a listening device, has secured a key pipeline security contract in Iraq. The contract is to help provide protection to a new 180km pipeline corridor, owned and run by the State Company for Oil Project Iraq (SCOP).

OptaSense will be providing the technology to allow vital operational and security data to help operate, protect and secure the pipeline along both sides of a 60 meters wide pipeline corridor. When complete the pipeline corridor will be protected by over 20,000 virtual microphones making it one of the most monitored assets in the region. This means any activity in and around the pipeline corridor will be ‘heard’ whether these be footsteps, digging or vehicles. The OptaSense acoustic alert data will be used to inform and guide the correct response to maintain pipeline integrity.

The project, due to be completed in March 2013, will complement work already taking place in Oman, Qatar and elsewhere in Iraq. The project will be managed from OptaSense regional HQ in Dubai.

Magnus McEwen-King, MD for OptaSense said:

“This contract is a significant step for OptaSense in the Middle East and builds on our investment in a regional HQ in Dubai. OptaSense will, for the first time, be providing a secure corridor, between which multiple pipelines will be built. We already have a proven track record of providing pipeline security elsewhere in the Middle East and around the world, and we are pleased to be undertaking another major project in the region. This cutting edge technology will provide a cost-effective means of protecting vital Iraqi infrastructure.

“We are rapidly establishing ourselves in the Middle East, and working in Iraq is important for OptaSense and shows the growing economic confidence in the country as a whole.”

The success of OptaSense reflects the growing realisation that “Leak Prevention” is much more desirable to “Leak Detection” with OptaSense able to detect, classify, locate and alarm on the events that precede a pipeline leak. With oil theft and breaches of pipelines costing the industry billions of dollars in lost revenue every year, OptaSense has a cost effective means to help provide a leak prevention solution.

For further information please contact:

  • QinetiQ Press Office – pressoffice@qinetiq.com / +44 (0) 1252 39 3500
  • Rebecca Mitchell, Maitland – rmitchell@maitland.co.uk/ +44 (0)207 379 5151

Notes for Editors

About OptaSense

  • OptaSense is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the QinetiQ Group
  • It is a platform technology which has applications in a number of markets, including infrastructure security where the technology is already in use to monitor 13,000kms of assets, principally providing leak detection and third party intrusion detection for oil and gas pipelines.
  • OptaSense is the world leader in Distributed Acoustic Sensing and operating in 40 countries globally with operations across multiple industries including Oil & Gas, Defence & Security, Transport and Utilities.
  • Website: www.optasense.com 
09 Nov 2012

OptaSense to Unveil Unique Solution to Railway Protection

November 9th, 2012

Trespass, theft from lines and track damage a growing concern

OptaSense, the company that protects the UK’s key infrastructure by turning fibre-optic cables into listening devices, will be sharing their vision for protecting our railways at the upcoming Transport Security Expo in London.

Fibre optic cables are already present near our rail networks, and the OptaSense system measures changes in the acoustic field along the whole length of the fibre, potentially stretching for thousands of miles. The technology means it is possible to detect a source event in real time, as well as analysing and locating it, from a rock fall, to theft of materials to damage to the track.

The company is already working with various rail companies in the US, and are now bringing their technology to the UK market. One recent study estimated overall theft of copper costs the UK economy £770m a year. With CCTV and fences being prohibitively expensive to construct and monitor, OptaSense’s monitoring system offers a new solution to a problem that affects our entire 10,000 mile rail network.

Magnus McEwen-King, MD for OptaSense said:

‘Railways keep Britain working and we are helping to keep them working. Ensuring our transport links and other national infrastructure are able to function efficiently and without interruption is vital to building and maintaining our economy. OptaSense converts customers’ existing fibre networks into a real time monitoring system giving rail operators decision ready information at a fraction of the cost of conventional sensor technologies.’

OptaSense will be exhibiting across the two days of the event, which takes place November 14-15 at the Olympia, London. Peter Bradley of OptaSense will deliver a speech on maintaining the integrity of railway infrastructure at 1335 on 15th Nov.

For further information please contact:

  • QinetiQ Press Office – pressoffice@qinetiq.com / +44 (0) 1252 39 3500
  • Rebecca Mitchell, Maitland – rmitchell@maitland.co.uk/ +44 (0)207 379 5151

Notes for Editors

About OptaSense

  • OptaSense is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the QinetiQ Group
  • It is a platform technology which has applications in a number of markets, including infrastructure security where the technology is already in use to monitor 13,000kms of assets, principally providing leak detection and third party intrusion detection for oil and gas pipelines.
  • OptaSense is the world leader in Distributed Acoustic Sensing and operating in 40 countries globally with operations across multiple industries including Oil & Gas, Defence & Security, Transport and Utilities.
  • Website: www.optasense.com