Oil and Gas: Helping to protect employees, shareholder values and the environment

Location-based analysis is being used by oil and gas companies to manage uncertainty and shape a more resilient and sustainable future.



 

Pipeline

Pipelines to refineries from offshore and on shore production facilities require significant levels of investment to plan and manage safely. All aspects of this activity use geographic information processing technology to ensure compliance with environment and safety guidance and legislation, including planning an initial route, researching options using field survey and drawing up initial costings.

In addition to identifying design considerations, construction requirements and the infrastructure needed to support this activity, information has to be collated to acquire or lease land and to secure permission to operate a pipeline, whether on land or at sea. In order to secure the required planning permissions and environmental certification detailed visual information is required to highlight any potential risks during the planning and construction phase as well as during operation.


Carrying out risk assessments

Once operational the pipeline is monitored regularly for hundreds of characteristics of the pipeline; including corrosion.

Comprehensive risk assessments are completed using linear referencing technology. The nature and extent of possible risks to property and life (known as High Consequence Areas - HCAs) are reflected in the frequency of checks and the tolerances applied to variations from expected measurements. Best practice involves maintaining this information in an easy to read format in the form of a map supported by data and continuous risk assessments along the length of a pipeline.


 

European Petroleum User Group (EPUG)

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