FFT Secure Pipe™ detects and locates intrusions and Third Party Interference anywhere along thousands of kilometres of buried pipeline, in real-time, before damage occurs.
FFT Secure Pipe™ : Pipeline Security
NYSEARCH (USA) – The Office of Pipeline Safety (OPS) identified that the majority of pipeline incidents are caused by “damage by outside force”. Property damages alone for over 300,000 miles of transmission pipe in the U.S. can cost operators millions of dollars annually. This being a high priority area, NYSEARCH installed an FFT Secure Pipe™ system in 2003 along a high pressure gas pipeline at a test site in New Jersey, USA.
British Petroleum (Europe) – Had a requirement for a third party intrusion detection system along sections of a 1,700km crude oil pipeline that passed through a number of mineral spring areas. Any sort of pipeline damage leading to a crude oil leak would have a catastrophic effect on both the environment and the revenue created from selling the pristine mineral water, so pipeline protection was mandatory. FFT Secure Pipe™ has been installed on the most critical sections first, with plans to roll the system out to additional pipeline sections over the next few years. Being able to utilise the existing fibre optic communications cable already installed alongside the pipeline makes FFT Secure Pipe™ an extremely cost effective solution for long distance pipelines such as this.
Asian Natural Gas company – in a highly populated country, they needed a way of monitoring main Natural Gas pipelines against accidental damage by earthmoving and construction equipment to eliminate potentially catastrophic accidents. They ran extensive tests on the FFT Secure Pipe™ system, and concluded that the system not only did everything FFT said it would do, but they were getting location accuracies considerably better than the published specifications! FFT Secure Pipe™ is being progressively implemented across the country.
European Natural Gas company #1 – Pipeline monitoring 30km of main gas pipeline against intrusions and third party interference. A single FFT Secure Pipe™ system was installed in 2003, meeting all of the customers’ expectations and requirements. The system was delivered on time, commissioned on time, and they have experienced no failures or problems since acceptance.
European Natural Gas company #2 – Due to a
number of recent incidences throughout Europe, the Government mandated
that any new high pressure main gas pipelines must have some sort
of detection or protection systems to prevent accidental damage or
Third Party Interference (TPI) causing a major explosion and the subsequent
loss of life and property damage. The options for their new pipeline
were to cover it with a cement slab or have an active solution such
as FFT Secure Pipe™. Even including the supply and installation
of the sensor cable, FFT Secure Pipe™ was only a fraction of the cost of
any alternative options, yet provided pinpoint location accuracy over
the entire pipeline, in real time.