Pipeline Monitoring

Successful Results

Location: Sabah & Sarawak, Malaysia

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 liquefied 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 centred 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 extremely 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 flexDAQ 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 is 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.

Partners Featured In This Success Story

TL Geotechnics Sdn. Bhd., Ikram Sabah Sdn. Bhd.

Speak with an Expert

I’m very happy with the quality of the instrumentation and technical support from RST, as always. They worked with us from the initial stages of the project to ensure that we were fully prepared and equipped to use the RSTAR network for the first time. They delivered everything within the tight project time frame to ensure that there were no delays on site, and the submersible tilt meters looked like new even after over twelve months of being submerged in Thames water!
 
-Richard Lipscombe, BEng (Hons), Director & Principle Consultant - RL Geotechnical Ltd