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ABB India automates India-Bangladesh cross-border oil pipeline


ABB India, a unit of Swedish-Swiss engineering and technology major ABB Ltd, will secure the 130-kilometer Indo-Bangla Friendship Pipeline (IBFPL), through integrated automation and control solutions, the company said today.

The cross-border pipeline was jointly inaugurated by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on March 18. It will carry diesel from India to Bangladesh.

“ABB’s SCADAvantage, Remote Terminal Units (RTUs), and leak detection system will allow Numaligarh Refinery Ltd (NRL) to remotely monitor and control vital pipeline parameters such as flow, pressure, and temperature, as well as detect leaks,” said G Balaji, SVP, Head of Energy Industries, ABB India.

SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition) is a software application for controlling industrial processes, which gathers data in real time from remote locations in order to control equipment and conditions.

ABB solutions, added Balaji, will provide real-time data on the performance of the pipeline network by generating reports, history sheets, critical messages, and alarms, all of which will maximise efficiency and safety.

With a potential capacity of one million metric tonnes per annum (MMTPA), the pipeline will enable Bangladesh to access large volumes of energy to meet its growing domestic demand.

Diesel will be transported from NRL’s marketing terminal at Siliguri, to the Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation’s oil depot in Parbatipur. Approximately 6 km of the pipeline – which is the first of its type between the two countries – will be within the territory of India, with the remainder within the territory of Bangladesh.ABB said SCADAvantage will enable the pipeline to operate safely and within its design parameters, reducing the risk of any adverse incidents. It helps in acquiring data from remote locations distributed across different geographies and supports the efficient identification of leakage volume.

“It provides a lot of operational insights. You get to know the pressure flow, temperature etc of the product that is going through the pipeline. We could also locate leak detection. You are actually making the transfer to the pipeline much more efficient and safer,” added Balaji.

ABB India has automated over 5000 kilometres of LPG, CNG and oil product pipeline across the country so far. The company has also automated the Indo-Nepal petroleum pipeline, which was the first of its kind in South Asia when it opened in 2019.


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