At Tata Steel, we are continuously looking for ways to add value to our products. One key market sector in which we operate is in the Energy & Power industry where, among others, we supply subsea oil and gas pipelines globally. We are interested in an integrated pipe system with sensing capabilities. Our current focus is in sensor technologies that can be applied to our pipes.
With crude oil prices at an all-time low, pipeline operators are increasingly seeking new ways to manage operations. One philosophy which has garnered much attention is the concept of ‘Digital Oilfields’ – essentially intelligent, data driven operations of installations and pipelines.
To empower our customers to achieve the vision of having fully ‘Digital’ operations, we are seeking ways to add intelligent capabilities to the pipes we supply to our customers in the form of remote sensing capabilities. Our vision is to have an advanced pipe that has an embedded sensor system capable of continuous, real-time monitoring of parameters that are important to our customers.
Measurement parameters that we are particularly interested in are:
The sensors should be capable of operating independently without any intervention in subsea conditions for prolonged periods of time, preferably over the design lifetime of the pipelines (20 to 30 years).
The challenges that we have identified so far:
We are looking for a concise abstract/executive summary. The proposal should briefly describe the technical approach and provide information on technology performance, background and description of the responding team and their related experience.
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