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iPIPE selects Orbital Sidekick as project partner

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Orbital Sidekick will provide targeted monitoring in the oil and gas industry to detect and prevent leaks.

Orbital Sidekick (OSK), the first commercial company to deploy hyperspectral sensors in space, today announced that the company has been awarded a 12 month contract to serve as a technology partner with the Intelligent Pipeline Integrity Programme (iPIPE). With this award, OSK will advance its preparedness to operate and deliver valuable insights from its forthcoming constellation of proprietary hyperspectral satellites to provide daily, targeted monitoring of pipeline assets in the oil and gas industry.

iPIPE is a consortium focused on advancing emerging technologies to prevent and detect pipeline leaks. The program is a direct response to North Dakota Governor Burgum’s May 2017 challenge to industry to think outside the box and apply new technology to address the challenge of eliminating pipeline leaks. iPIPE holds membership from industry leaders Dakota Access Pipeline, DCP Midstream, Enbridge, Equinor, Goodnight Midstream, Hess, Marathon Petroleum, Oasis Midstream Partners, ONEOK, and TC Energy. It is managed by the Energy & Environmental Research Centre (EERC) at the University of North Dakota.

With this partnership, OSK will conduct both satellite and aerial operations over the Bakken and Permian basins. This activity will further the development of its satellite-based hyperspectral pipeline monitoring service. By the conclusion of the iPIPE project in late 2021, OSK intends to offer a fully commercialised, scalable monitoring service, which will dramatically improve upon visual aerial asset monitoring and reshape the market for DOT-compliant pipeline patrol.

The OSK monitoring service will objectively detect and enable prevention of leaks along pipeline rights of way. These capabilities will drive improvements in community safety, environmental performance, and overall operating efficiency. “The iPIPE commitment to Orbital Sidekick is an affirmation that our asset monitoring solution addresses a very real and urgent market need,” Daniel Katz, CEO and Co-Founder of OSK, said. “For the first time, operators will be able to objectively assess the health of thousands of miles of pipeline as often as daily, anywhere in the world, for not much more than they currently pay for visual aerial patrol.”

“The iPIPE project provides OSK with the perfect opportunity to refine the service we are offering with timely input from a key contingent of industry insiders”, Peter Weaver, Vice President of Business Development, said. “The pipeline industry is continually seeking opportunities to improve pipeline safety. This project brings together our cutting-edge application of remote sensing technology with the very practical needs of oil and gas operators to perform well beyond minimal compliance requirements.”

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