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Monitoring hydrocarbon leaks

 

Challenge ID

OTM:034

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Title

Monitoring 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, Eni, 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?)

In the event of a hydrocarbon leak we are required to restore the environment to the pre-leak standard.  Depending on the scale of the leak, impacts can be short- or long-term and the consequences can be varied (e.g. leak into a river or lake vs. leak in a desert).

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Thematic information requirements

2. Obtain detailed terrain characterisation,    6. Identify inland water bodies and determine water quality,  7. Determine air quality,    10. Fauna and presence and patterns, 11. Determine lithology, mineralogy and structural properties of the near surf

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

Leakages can have direct and indirect impacts on the ecosystem and society. Depending on the size of the leakage an if it is local or moving (e.g. oil leakage into a river) the cost of monitoring can be high. Especially long-term monitoring which can be a

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

Use of existing base maps (which are often inaccurate),

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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?

EO could be a useful complimentary technology

 

Challenge classification

 

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Lifecycle stage

Pre license

Exp.

Dev.

Prod.

Decom.

Score from impact quantification [1]

0

0

0

4

0

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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

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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

depending on sensor and application

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Data Currently used

 

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Spatial resolution

 

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Thematic accuracy

80-90%

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Example formats

Standardized geo-spatial formats (e.g. shapefile, geotiff or KML)

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Timeliness

within a day

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Geographic Extent

 

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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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