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130 km India-Bangladesh Cross-Border Oil Pipeline gets Automation, Control Solutions from ABB India

ABB India has supplied Numaligarh Refinery Ltd with ABB Ability™ SCADAvantage integrated automation and control solutions to monitor and manage a 130 km cross-border oil pipeline between India and Bangladesh.  

Mar 31, 2023

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The 130 km Indo-Bangladesh Friendship Pipeline (IBFPL) has received integrated automation and control solutions  at the Numaligarh Refinery Ltd (NRL) from pioneering technology leader ABB India, to enable the pipeline’s secure and reliable operation of carrying diesel from Numaligarh Refinery Limited (NRL) 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 Ability™ SCADAvantage, Remote Terminal Units (RTUs), and leak detection system will allow NRL to remotely monitor and control vital pipeline parameters such as flow, pressure, and temperature, as well as detect leaks. ABB solutions 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 maximize efficiency and safety. ABB Ability™ SCADAvantage enables 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.

G Balaji, SVP, Head of Energy Industries, ABB India shared, “The rapid evolution of automation and IT in the energy industry requires a high level of expertise and resources to manage, maintain, and ensure the security and optimization of oil pipelines and facilities at all times. ABB is committed to meeting these evolving needs.”

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“With ABB’s system, we can effectively monitor and optimize our pipeline operations by having access to real-time information, detailed analysis, and timely interventions,” said Rahul Goswami, Chief Manager Projects, Numaligarh Refinery Ltd. “ABB is a reliable partner in the field of automation, and their prior experience with cross-country pipeline projects proved beneficial.” 

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