Automation of the pipeline in hard-to-reach territories of the Far North is a complex technical task: there are no power lines or roads for power supply and maintenance of the system.
To solve this problem, Vimpel has developed and implemented a linear telemechanics system (LTMS) using renewable energy sources.
The LTMS has a number of advantages: operates in a wide range of ambient air temperatures (from +50°C to -60°C), does not require power supply to production sites or maintenance. Use of renewable energy sources for the LTMS was made possible due to ultra-low (in milliwatts) power consumption of all system components.
The LTMS provides:
— safe transportation of liquid hydrocarbons due to continuous monitoring of the piping system parameters and control of the pipeline actuators;
— location of possible leaks for quick cut-off of emergency areas;
— control over routine operations for pipeline cleaning and diagnostics;
— control of the cathode protection system;
— power supply to the controlled telemechanics units and connected equipment.
The LTMS is notable due to operation in a wide range of ambient air temperature (from + 50 ° С to -60 ° С), the possibility of using the system at non-powered production sites (due to ultra-low power consumption) as welll as unmanned facility maintenance technologies.