28 March 2013 - Real-time asset intelligence company OptaSense today announces it is to protect a strategic asset under high threat of terrorism and theft in a new Middle East and North Africa contract, worth $6 million. The project will bring the total amount of pipelines in the Middle East and North Africa under protection from OptaSense to 1,000 kilometres. This comes at a time when security issues and the need for asset integrity in the oil and gas industry are extremely high.
The project will take delivery of the latest version of the OptaSense system, called V3.0, which in addition to third party interference (TPI) detection, incorporates the latest development in leak detection, including a unique four mode leak measurement capability. The four measurements cover, diverse pressure pulse, acoustic emissions, strain and a new distributed temperature gradient system (DTGS), capable of measuring a temperature change of 0.001 centigrade.
Magnus McEwen-King, Managing Director for OptaSense, said: “When security really matters, customers want proven performance. We provide tried and tested solutions to protect our client’s pipelines and facilities. Our success in the Middle East & North Africa builds on our commitment to the region with customers deploying OptaSense reporting a reduction in pipeline incidents.
“I am particularly pleased that this contract takes delivery of our latest V3.0 system which includes the combined learning of over 100 projects globally. Our new four mode leak detection capability combining and improving on all the known leak detection measurements is the first significant step forward in pipeline integrity management for a decade.”
The contract will be delivered from the regional headquarters in Dubai, opened last year, and complements previous contract wins in Iraq.
OptaSense technology turns ordinary optical fibre into thousands of virtual microphones along its length enabling even the smallest of interference activity to be detected on pipelines which would otherwise be isolated in terms of security coverage.
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OptaSense is a platform technology which has applications in a number of markets, including infrastructure security where the technology is already in use to monitor 10,000kms of assets, principally providing leak detection and third party intrusion detection for oil and gas pipelines.
OptaSense is the World leader in distributed fibre sensing and operating in 40 countries globally with operations across multiple industries including Oil & Gas, Defence & Security, Transport and Utilities. It is managed as an autonomous subsidiary of the QinetiQ Group.
A FTSE250 company, QinetiQ uses its domain knowledge to provide technical support and know-how to customers in the global aerospace, defence and security markets. QinetiQ's unique position enables it to be a trusted partner to government organisations, predominantly in the UK and the US, including defence departments, intelligence services and security agencies.