ND implements intelligent pipeline project

By Luke Geiver | May 22, 2018

North Dakota is enhancing its ability to monitor and maintain existing and new crude and gas pipeline infrastructure. The state’s Industrial Commission recently approved a project led by Hess Corp., Oasis Midstream Partners, Statoil, ONEOK and Goodnight Midstream. Through the North Dakota Oil and Gas Research Council, the group involved in the Intelligent Pipeline Integrity Program will be allowed $1.6 million to advance emerging technology designed to prevent and detect gathering pipeline leaks.

The iPIPE consortium hopes to amass funds needed to facilitate development and demonstration of emerging technology, promote industry engagement or participation and encourage industry-wide adoption of what it believes will be worthy technologies.

The University of North Dakota’s Energy and Environmental Research Center will coordinate the program and educate technology providers on Bakken specifics. Industry participants will host demonstrations and provide support for the demos (including installation) and execution. The technology providers will perform the demos and also provide data to the EERC team for independent review and analysis.

To date, seven projects have been selected for future demos, including two unmanned aircraft systems-based projects, two artificial intelligence-based projects and three sensor-heavy demos.