Schneider Electric and Prisma Photonics have established collaboration in helping oil and gas pipeline owners and operators prevent accidental and inadvertent behavior by delivering real-time analytics and accurate monitoring of their infrastructure. As a result, clients can achieve greater efficiency and sustainability by avoiding energy and resource waste.
”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.
He also said, “PrismaFlow can have a direct impact on decreasing methane emissions caused by leaks in pipelines.”
“It is a true honor to partner with Schneider Electric and take part in one of the greatest challenges of this generation and generations to come,” says Dr. Eran Inbar, Prisma Photonics’ CEO.
He added, “Allowing operators to take responsibility over an immense scale of critical infrastructure can make a true impact on the environment.”
“We are looking forward to long and profound relationships between the two companies and teams,” says EyalAssa, Prisma Photonics’ Chief Business Officer
He added, “PrismaFlow is a complementing solution to Schneider Electric’s suite of tools for pipelines operators worldwide.”
Schneider Electric, which was named the world’s most sustainable corporation by the Corporate Knights Global 100 Index in January 2021, is bolstering its technology, solutions, and expertise to assist its customers in increasing the reliability and sustainability of their pipeline operations through this commercial agreement.
More reliable monitoring ensures secure pipeline infrastructure
Pipelines are key assets in the oil and gas industry, and pipeline integrity and leak detection systems are part of an operator’s toolkit for safe and environmentally responsible pipeline operations. Most operators use at least one leak detection system, if not numerous systems, due to regulatory requirements, environmental awareness, and public safety concerns. With its Hyper-Scan technology, Prisma Photonics’ PrismaFlow, a full pipeline monitoring system that includes both hardware and software, drastically reduces positive and negative false alarm rates compared to existing fiber-sensing solutions.
The machine learning unit in the system improves the signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) significantly, allowing for accurate event classification. PrismaFlow avoids the need for new, dedicated fibers and the installation and maintenance of thousands of dedicated sensors along the pipeline by utilizing pre-existing fiber-optic cables as “sensors.”
The PrismaFlow technology enables speedier oil and gas pipeline management while also preventing unintentional, criminal, or malicious activities, resulting in a safe pipeline system.
At ADIPEC 2021, Prisma Photonics will present a paper titled “Integrated Leak Detection Solution,” which emphasizes the use of RTTM and fiber-based technologies to detect leaks.
Efficient pipeline management positively impact the environment
Leaks, mechanical and manual digging, theft, vandalism, third-party interference, inline pigging devices, pedestrian activity, vehicle movement, and drone activity are all occurrences that PrismaFlow can detect and flag. Operators get real-time event locations so they can react quickly without having to worry about noise or false alarms.
Oil and gas businesses can control problems before they hurt people or the environment by detecting leaks early.
According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), existing technology, including pipeline infrastructure, may lower downstream emissions by 75%.