Customer success story

Pipeline Monitoring

Location

Sabah & Sarawak, Malaysia

Project Partners

Consultants: TL Geotechnics Sdn. Bhd.

Contractor: Ikram Sabah Sdn. Bhd.

Instrumentation Contractor: GDS Instruments Sdn. Bhd

 

Successful Results

Sensor data is reliable and accurate; as a result, additional IPI installations are expected. The remote real-time monitoring allows quick response times and decreases the logistics required for monitoring in the jungle. Potential costly disruptions to the project and surrounding environment are now minimized. Saved hours of travel time and costs associated with manual surveys.

Background

The Sabah Sarawak Gas Pipeline (SSGP) is a 500km long pipeline in Sabah & Sarawak, Malaysia that is owned by PETRONAS, a Malaysian oil and gas company. The pipeline transports gas from the Sabah Oil and Gas Terminal in Kimanis, to Bintulu, for processing into liquefi ed natural gas (LNG) at the PETRONAS LNG complex for export.

Scope/Objective

With their commitment to safety, PETRONAS required early detection of slope failure which could potentially affect the pipeline and the surrounding environment.

Challenges

Site engineers determined that the focus of the slope monitoring should be centered on 12 critical locations along the SSGP. The 12 locations had varying depths of up to 15m; unfortunately, being in the middle of the Borneo Jungle, these locations were in extreme remote areas that had no proper roads for continuous access.

Solution

RST’s In-Place Inclinometer Systems (IPIs), Vibrating Wire (VW) Piezometers, and Tilt Meters were installed at 12 critical locations. With RST’s fl exDAQ Data Logging System in place, remote monitoring through satellite allowed PETRONAS to receive site data in real time and implement preventative actions to mitigate potential catastrophes.

Benefits

Reliable and accurate sensor data transmitted via satellite in real-time to the user’s desktop PC. Direct support/service from RST’s regional partners GDS Instruments, in addition to RST’s technical expertise and support/service.

RST products used in this project

 

In-Place Inclinometer System




Vibrating Wire Piezometer




FlexDAQ Data Logger


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SUCCESSFUL RESULTS

Sensor data is reliable and accurate; as a result, additional IPI installations are expected.
The remote real-time monitoring allows quick response times and decreases the logistics required for monitoring in the jungle. Potential costly disruptions to the project and surrounding environment are now minimized.
Saved hours of travel time and costs associated with manual surveys.