OMEGA Company presented its System of Leak Detection and Activity Control (LD ACS) at the Russia-China workshop “Laser Technologies for Oil & Gas Industry” within the 11th International Exhibition “Photonics. World of Lasers and Optics 2016”, which was held in Moscow on 14–17 March, 2016.
This year, 160 companies from ten countries, including Russia, China, the USA, Sweden, Germany, and the Netherlands took part at the international exhibition. The event participants specialize in manufacturing and implementation of optical, laser, and optoelectronic technology, particularly in the fuel and energy industry.
Photo (from left to right): Grigory Kiselev, head of the International Business of OMEGA Company; Zhu Xiao, president of the Hubei Province Laser Association (PRC)
In his report titled “Optoelectronic systems for oil & gas industry”, Grigory Kiselev, head of the International Business of OMEGA Company, presented the information on the unique LDACS control and measuring complex that utilizes a fibre-optic cable as a sensor. Grigory Kiselev emphasized that the engineers kept working and had been continuously supplementing the system with new functionality.
The forum participants, including Chinese experts, showed particular interest in the LDACS features that allow both locating and determining the nature of an unauthorized activity with a high accuracy (five meters) in a short period of time using vibroacoustic and temperature monitoring; the system’s capability to localize very small leaks at an early stage attracted the forum guests’ interest as well.
“These features were enabled by the use of a distributed acoustic sensor (DAS) integrated in the LDACS which not only classifies an unauthorized activity in the protected zone of the pipeline reliably but also confirms a leak signal received from a distributed temperature sensor (DTS). Event detection precision depends on the characteristics of the coherent laser, which, consequently, is the most important component of the system”, Grigory Kiselev stated. In addition, the application of this monitoring tool contributes to better technical, environmental, and counter-terrorist security of the pipeline transport facilities.
Participants of the Russia-China workshop discussed plans of both countries for development and assimilation of the photonics technology in the oil and gas industry to ensure safe and efficient operation of the pipeline transport facilities and opportunities for bilateral cooperation in this area.
Summarizing the workshop results, Zhu Xiao, president of the Hubei Province Laser Association, stated that the Chinese party was open to mutually beneficial cooperation considering the capabilities of the Russian laser equipment and the scale of Chinese market.