EPIC Midstream Holdings, LP (‘EPIC’ or ‘the Company’), through next-generation fibre optic technology, looks to lead the midstream industry in providing safe and reliable pipeline transfer for crude oil and NGL customers. The fibre optics, which were installed during original build, run the length of each of its pipelines.
The technology provides EPIC with real time information, greatly increasing capabilities for:
- Damage prevention.
- Subsurface leak detection - scope 1 gas emissions (GHG, CO2, Methane).
- Ground movement detection and structural monitoring.
- Enhanced pipeline integrity.
EPIC’s fibre optic-based supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) and communications combined with distributed acoustic systems (DAS) intrusion and leak detection technology will enhance pipeline safety and efficient operations throughout the life of EPIC’s pipeline systems. Fibre optics technology enables quick delivery of data for operational decision-making and helps prevent or dramatically reduce the effects of a pipeline incident by transmitting key information in real time. Data is monitored around the clock by a team of Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) qualified technicians working in the EPIC Pipeline Control Center located in San Antonio, Texas. EPIC’s advanced pipeline technology also enhances monitoring ability through advanced processing and algorithms, reliable alarms, and smart zones.
Jason Blevins, Chief Operating Officer at EPIC, sees the technology as a great advantage. “Safely operating our pipelines is priority number one for EPIC. Our fibre optics technology makes us an industry leader in damage prevention, one of the most critical aspects of pipeline safety. By installing fibre, we have increased our capabilities significantly beyond regulatory requirements. Our fibre allows us to know, by the second, when there is activity on or near our pipeline right of ways. That helps us protect the environment and communities where we operate at much higher level than industry standard. Investing in fibre optic technology demonstrates EPIC’s intent to be an industry leader, not only in meeting customer expectations, but also in safety and environmental protection.”
The responsibility for continued improvement of the safety and reliability of pipelines is of growing importance to oil and gas stakeholders. The fibre optic technology EPIC deployed is quickly proving itself to be the best way to ensure pipeline integrity and leak detection/spill prevention.
Read the article online at: https://www.worldpipelines.com/regulations-and-standards/03032022/epic-midstream-raises-the-bar-with-industry-leading-esg-standards/