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Monitoring contract awarded for gas pipeline

optasense and optilan to monitor 1850km tanap pipeline project

Electronics manufacturer Optasense and telecommunications firm Optilan have begun delivery on a $30m (£20.5M) contract to monitor the control infrastructure for the Trans-Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline (Tanap).

From Azerbaijan’s Shah Deniz-2 gas field to the Caspian region, Turkey and on to Italy, the Tanap is planned to run across 1,850km. 

The infrastructure required to run the pipeline includes seven compressor stations; four measuring stations; 11 pigging stations; 49 block valve stations; and two off-take stations for Turkey’s natural gas industry, according to the project website. 

Control infrastructure on the project covers telecommunication, pipeline monitoring and supervisory control and data acquisition. 

“We are pleased to be partnering once again with the world’s leading fibre sensing company to deliver the world’s largest pipeline monitoring project,” said Optilan executive director Bal Kler.

“Implementation of this project for Tanap will deliver total security and monitoring over the entire pipeline length and follows on from other successful security projects in Turkey.”

The system uses a fibre optic cable that “listens” to the pipeline to provide data about its status and allow for real-time monitoring.

Construction is expected to be completed in 2018. Total project costs could be as high as £7.5bn.

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