Key iPIPE Members Lead the Charge for Weekly Monitoring of the Entire Bakken Basin…

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Key iPIPE Members Lead the Charge for Weekly Monitoring of the Entire Bakken Basin…

On May 20thiPIPE members invite the oil and gas community to a deep dive on their experiences. The event will be hosted by Jay Almlie, Principal Engineer, EERC, and Allan Adams, Chief Scientist, Satelytics.

Join us to examine the past three years of the Intelligent Pipeline Integrity Program (iPIPE) with its members using, and deep dive on how, why, and where it can be applied, even question the members on their experiences firsthand! 

Here is the background on iPIPE:

  • In 2017, North Dakota Governor Burgum challenged industry to end pipeline leaks through innovation.
  • May 2018, leaders within the oil and gas industry in the state proposed iPIPE in direct response to the challenge made by Governor Burgum. The original iPIPE consortium partners include Hess Corporation, Equinor, Goodnight Midstream, Oasis Midstream Partners, ONEOK, and Andeavor (now Marathon Petroleum).
  • In 2019, three additional pipeline operators joined the consortium including Enbridge, Dakota Access Pipeline LP, and TC Energy.
  • iPIPE partners were awarded the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission (IOGCC) Environmental Stewardship award for their collaborative efforts to prevent and detect pipeline leaks this past fall.

 So, what is next for the iPIPE consortium? A drive for weekly monitoring across the entire Bakken. The Bakken community composed of producers, gathers, and transmission companies, is proposing weekly basin wide monitoring. In this regard, Hess Corporation is a leading iPIPE consortium partner.  Brent Lohnes, general manager in North Dakota for Hess, has been instrumental in the drive for weekly monitoring and will provide insights around the program.

Yes, the Bakken community composed of producers, gatherers, and transmission companies is proposing another world first, “Weekly Basin-Wide Monitoring.”  The company members will share the program-wide component costs but benefit from their own imagery, analytics, and threat alerts individually. Each weekly data set will be monitored for the following challenges simultaneously, alerting field personnel within hours of data being captured. 

The success of the Bakken experience led iPIPE in 2019 to expand the monitoring over a portion of the Permian Basin. iPIPE has become the gold standard in the oil and gas industry, proving what technology to use, for what purpose, and its preparedness for field operations.  Within a few hours of collecting satellite data from Airbus’ earth observation, Satelytics software analyzes the data, sending out text or email alerts to iPIPE members. OR, customers logon to the cloud, with 24 x 7 x 365 access to their data, analytics, imagery, and alerts.

Smattering of leaks detected for iPIPE members over the Bakken and Permian basins.

Smattering of leaks detected for iPIPE members over the Bakken and Permian basins.

How do you join the iPIPE Deep Dive on May 20, 2020? Send an email or call, it is an investment of your time for a future filled with success, early detection, and efficient actions!

Jay Almlie, Principle Engineer, EERC, 701-777-5260


David Dunham, Business Marketing, Satelytics, 701-213-0294

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