UK Company Controls Middle East Gas Pipeline

Amid heightened tension in the Middle East and growing concern about the security of oil and gas supplies, UK based CSE-Servelec Ltd has won an important contract to monitor and control a gas pipeline in the United Arab Emirates. Constructed by the Dodsal Group, a multinational conglomerate based in India, the 210km pipeline is to carry gas supplied by Dolphin Energy Ltd, from Al Ain to the water desalination plant in Fujairah.

The CSE-Servelec solution will ensure 100% availability of the pipeline, even under failure conditions, to guarantee that the gas supply to Fujairah is never interrupted. This will be achieved through a centralised control room at Al Ain, using CSE-Servelec's SCOPE X-Tel software. All elements of the system will be duplicated to enable duty/standby operation and a Leak Detection System and Emergency Shutdown procedure will provide protection in the event of any damage to the pipeline, giving total peace of mind.

A fibre optic based telecommunications network will communicate with 8 Remote Telemetry Units (RTUs) at various locations along the pipeline. Data regarding flow, temperature and pressure will be collected, in addition to information for assistance with monitoring for fire, battery management, cathodic protection and intruder alarms.

Many years of experience in providing SCADA and Telemetry solutions for oil and gas pipelines in the region have prompted the need for a local office from which these projects can be directed and supported more easily. The nearby Jebel Ali Free Zone was earmarked by CSE-Servelec Ltd as the ideal location for this office, which opened at the beginning of February.

John King, CSE-Servelec's Middle East Sales Manager, will be joined by Ian Blount, a Senior Engineer with 14 years experience of working for CSE-Servelec. Ian will be responsible for technical sales and client support, whilst Sophia Fernandes, a recently appointed employee, will provide administrative assistance and a friendly face for visitors to the office. Such a combination of experience and fresh blood is sure to make this and other projects in the future a roaring success.