Chennai-Mumbai: Detect Technologies in collaboration with Oil India Limited (OIL) launched an advanced drone surveillance project at OIL’s Duliajan field headquarters in eastern Assam’s Dibrugarh district.
The main aim of this drone surveillance project is to have complete visibility of crude-oil delivery lines and flowlines across large areas, strengthen their operations, and ensure the security of national assets.
This is India’s first autonomous drone project at this scale, an initiative by Digital Readiness for Innovation and Value in E&P (DRIVE) under the support of the Ministry of Petroleum and National Gas, and the first digitized solution offering pipeline surveillance and mapping at this scale.
Pipelines runs across hundreds of kilometres, passing through various terrains, making conventional methods like shutting down and manually inspecting pipelines extremely challenging.
Pipe leaks and spillage cause massive damage to the environment, and illegal tapping leads to losses worth $12 billion worldwide.
“We are ecstatic to work with OIL by bringing Made in India technology that automates the detection of safety, surveillance and enhances security across OIL’s pipelines. The key lies in marrying cutting edge robotics and data acquisition with automated analytics,” Daniel Raj David, CEO and Co-Founder, Detect Technologies – a player in developing cutting-edge industrial technology for process industries.
“We are happy to partner with OIL in bringing AI to revolutionise security and safety detection across thousands of kilometres of pipelines, ” added Dravid.
As part of this collaboration and project, OIL has deployed Detect Technologies drone surveillance solutions at its installations along with oil and gas pipelines in Assam. This will help to curb spillage and loss of crude oil, manage toxic hazards, condensate, tamper with wellheads, and tap crude oil delivery pipelines.
Solutions ensure pipelines are surveyed 24 hours a day and monitored 365 days. It enables faster detection of fire incidents, crude oil leaks and spills, and near real-time detection of intruders. Thus it assists the Indian government enterprise to initiate proactive steps to obtain better performance and improve productivity.
“As a progressive and responsible organisation OIL is adopting cutting-edge technologies like solutions from Detect Technologies that can be used for better safety and security of our operational areas,” said Prasanta Borkakoty, OIL’s Resident Chief Executive.
“The drone surveillance project is a step towards this direction that will assist the company to lower miscreant activities, faster response to security, HSE (Health, Safety and Environment) issues and resulting in enhanced productivity, profit and safer operations,” added Barkakoty.