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Detecting hydrocarbon leaks

 

Challenge ID

OTM:022

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Title

Detecting hydrocarbon leaks

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Theme ID

ON 4.2: Environmental monitoring - Continuous monitoring of changes throughout the lifecycle

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Originator of Challenge

Onshore: OTM

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Challenge Reviewer / initiator

PEMEX, PetroSA, Shell, Exxon, Chevron

 

General description

Overview of Challenge

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What is the nature of the challenge? (What is not adequately addressed at present?)

Locating hydrocarbon leaks occurring from our operations can be challenging, especially if the leak source is under ground or from a long pipeline.

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Thematic information requirements

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Nature of the challenge - What effect does this challenge have on operations?

Uncontrolled loss of hydrocarbon is damaging to the environment and carries a safety risk.  If we can accurately identify where these leaks are occurring, we can quickly act to minimise and amend any damage caused.

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What do you currently do to address this challenge?/ How is this challenge conventionally addressed?

Leaks are identified from anomalies in production or transport volumes.  Locating them can be very challenging, if there is no visible signature.

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What kind of solution do you envisage could address this challenge?

Hydrocarbons seeping from micro fractures typically result in surface anomalies manifested as changes in soil brightness and vegetation health. Certain portions of electro magnetic spectrum in the visible and infrared regions can be used to effectively id

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What is your view on the capability of technology to meet this need? – are you currently using EO tech? If not, why not?

 

 

Challenge classification

 

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Lifecycle stage

Pre license

Exp.

Dev.

Prod.

Decom.

Score from impact quantification [1]

0

0

1

3

2

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Climate classification

NOT CLIMATE SPECIFIC

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Geographic context/restrictions

Generic onshore (Unspecified)

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Topographic classification / Offshore classification

Generic onshore (Unspecified)

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Seasonal variations

Any season

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Impact Area

Environmental and H&S

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Technology Urgency

(How quickly does the user need the solution)

Immediately (0-2 years)

 

Information requirements

 

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Update frequency

monthly

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Data Currently used

 

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Spatial resolution

 

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Thematic accuracy

 

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Example formats

 

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Timeliness

Within hours

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Geographic Extent

reservoir footprint

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Existing standards

 


 


[1] Impact quantification scores: 4 – Critical/ enabling; 3 – Significant/ competitive advantage; 2 – Important but non-essential; 1 – Nice to have; 0 – No impact, need satisfied with existing technology

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