Schneider Electric, the global leader in the digital transformation of energy management and automation, has announced a partnership deal with Prisma Photonics, a provider of next-generation fibre sensing for smart infrastructure, to help oil and gas pipeline owners and operators prevent accidental and malicious activity by providing real-time intelligence and precise monitoring of oil and gas infrastructure.
As a result, customers can drive efficiency and sustainability through energy and resource loss avoidance.
With this commercial agreement, Schneider Electric, recognised as the world’s most sustainable corporation by the Corporate Knights Global 100 Index in January 2021, is strengthening its technology, solutions and expertise to help its customers expand the reliability and sustainability of their pipeline operations.
Oil and gas pipelines are critical assets, and pipeline integrity and leak detection solutions are part of an operator's toolbox for safe and environmentally conscious pipeline operations.
Driven by regulatory demand, environmental awareness and public safety needs, most operators employ at least one leak detection system, if not multiple technologies.
Prisma Photonics’ PrismaFlow, a comprehensive pipeline monitoring solution comprising both hardware and software, dramatically reduces positive and negative false alarm rates compared to other fiber-sensing solutions with its Hyper-ScanTM technology offering 100x greater sensitivity.
The system's machine learning unit offers significant improvement in signal-to-noise ratio (SNR), allowing for accurate event classification. By leveraging pre-existing fiber-optic cables as “sensors”, PrismaFlow eliminates the need to invest in new, dedicated fibers and the installation and maintenance of thousands of dedicated sensors along the pipeline.
The PrismaFlow technology essentially makes for faster oil and gas pipeline management and prevents accidental, criminal or malicious activity, thus ensuring a secure pipeline infrastructure.
“Prisma Photonics’ pipeline monitoring technology fits in well with our overall promise of delivering enhanced reliability and safety to our midstream oil and gas customers,” says Astrid Poupart-Lafarge, Schneider Electric’s Oil, Gas & Petrochemical segment president.
“With methane emissions at top of climate change agendas, this partnership will help our customers achieve their emission goals easier and faster,” says Matthew Carrara, Schneider Electric Vice President, Process Analyzers and Instrumentation. “PrismaFlow can have a direct impact on decreasing methane emissions caused by leaks in pipelines.”