Pipeline Leak Monitoring
Challenges of leak detection
Every drop of clean water is precious. Even insignificant leaks, when accumulated over a long time period, can result in significant material and economic losses.
In its turn, leaked gas can damage the pipelines and safety of the surrounding area as it may ignite, causing explosions.
Also, the primary component of natural gas, methane, is one of the main contributors to climate change. Oil escaping from the pipe causes environmental pollution too.
Pipelines distribute oil, natural gas, and water over vast distances. Typically they are placed underground, and it is virtually impossible to visually monitor the location of leaks unless they reach a critical volume.
Moreover, it may be challenging to determine the leaks’ precise location and severity. Yet it is vital to keep pipelines in good health and to detect any signs of leakage or other physical damage as soon as possible.
Conventional leak detection methods, like acoustic detection or pressure difference, are not optimal for high-scale or hard-to-access networks.
Reduce asset faults, maximise ROI
Spottitt MF ® for leaks detection employs satellite imagery and AI technology to spot leaks across the whole network, on time, at scale and fully digital.
Improve the operational and financial performance of your pipeline infrastructure while keeping the environment and community safe.
Download our brochure to learn more about Spottitt MFⓇ for pipeline leak monitoring.
Client case study
Digitalizing underground pipeline inspections
Italian gas distributor with 1.500 km MP underground pipelines
- Walking the entire MP pipeline every 3 months to check new construction works
- This costs €65.000 given employee expenses and transportation costs
- Need to send periodical inspection reports to the Italian Authority
- The company wants to minimize methane losses
- Some areas are particularly difficult to reach and cannot be inspected
Spottitt Leak Monitoring allowed the company to make their inspections fully digital and more effective, while still complying with the regulation.
- Inspection costs reduced by 30%
- Identified 1 unknown gas leak
- Full-length digital change detection from now on
- Inspection compliant with the Italian Authority
Why Spottitt was chosen
Spottitt MF allows to monitor risks of gas leaks at scale and measure them on the spot as soon as necessary.
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Spottitt is excited to announce its involvement in the delivery of one of only 18 projects selected to receive just under 400k GBP Alpha Phase SIF (Strategic Innovation Fund) funding. The funding is awarded by Ofgem and Innovate UK and aims to find and fund ambitious, innovative projects with the potential to accelerate the transition to net zero. These projects aim to help shape the future of the gas and electricity networks across the UK and beyond.
Spottitt is happy to announce two winners of free Proof of Concepts (PoC). With the Spottitt MF beta program, Spottitt gave the chance to two utility network operators to get a free high-resolution analysis of 100 km of assets.
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