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Gestión asequible de la integridad de tuberías


Oferta Tecnológica
Una empresa holandesa especializada en herramientas y servicios de monitorización de infraestructuras críticas ha desarrollado una tecnología para mejorar el rendimiento de tuberías en la industria petrolera. Esta tecnología asequible permite a los operarios la detección temprana y efectiva de incidentes de seguridad, con unos costes de inspección menores. También permite monitorizar la aparición y desaparición de objetos en la zona de servidumbre de las tuberías de transmisión. Estos objetos (por ejemplo, excavadoras) pueden ser una amenaza para la integridad de la tubería. La empresa busca socios con el fin de establecer acuerdos comerciales con asistencia técnica.


Cost effective pipeline integrity management from space
A Dutch company offers a technology to improve the performance of pipelines in the petroleum industry. The cost effective technology will allow operators to detect safety incidents earlier and more effectively, at lower overall inspection costs. The company is looking for a commercial agreement with technical assistance.
For high-pressure gas transmission pipelines currently over 35% of all failures are reported by the public and so initially not observed by the operator of the pipeline (source: European Gas pipeline Incident data Group , 2010). Over 50% of the pipeline failures are caused by third party activities (e.g. excavations).

The Dutch company, specialized in tools and services for monitoring critical infrastructure, offers a technology to improve the performance of pipelines in the petroleum industry. This technology is targeted to improve the performance of detection of third party activities: earlier detection at a lower overall inspection cost. It further enables to monitor the appearing and disappearing of objects in the servitude area of transmission pipelines. These objects (e.g. excavators) may indicate a threat to the integrity of the pipeline.

The technology is based on state-of-the-art synthetic aperture radar (SAR) instruments on-board of an existing fleet of remote sensing satellites. Only recently the quality of these instruments (in terms of spatial resolution and short revisit times) has become sufficient to provide these services.

The present focus of the company lies on the oil and gas market. However, they are also looking for partners in other markets (e.g. power lines, highways, etc.) to explore the opportunities in these market segments as well.

The company is looking for companies to implement the technology into their operations in the framework of a commercial agreement with technical assistance.
Advantages and Innovations:
With this new technology the Dutch company introduces evidence-based inspection. This allows operators to simultaneously optimise the frequency ("Only inspect when there is evidence") and improve the effectiveness ("Only inspect where there is evidence"). Threats will be detected via routine monitoring of the pipeline infrastructure using free available high quality data from Earth Observation (EO) satellites. It further will offer services to monitor third party interference (TPI), ground movement and system health. Together these categories cover 72% of all failures in high-pressure gas transmission pipelines (source: European Gas pipeline Incident data Group , 2010).

In the coming years the rapid decline in cost of high resolution satellite data will lead to an increase of market share of asset monitoring from space.

Stage of Development:
Already on the market
Patents granted

Partner sought

Type and Role of Partner Sought:
- Type of partner sought: industry, government agencies

- Specific area of activity of the partner: oil transportation related industry

- Task to be performed by the partner sought: implementation of the pipeline integrity monitoring into a company´s or organisations pipeline management operations.


Type and Size of Client:
Industry SME 11-49
Already Engaged in Trans-National Cooperation:
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Technology Keywords:
02009018 Dispositivos de medida
02009022 Sistemas de seguridad