Atmos International, a Manchester, UK based company providing pipeline leak and theft detection and simulation technology to the oil, gas, water, and associated industries, has announced that it is successfully applying its innovative Theft Net data analysis service to accurately pin-point illegal tapping points.
Theft Net uses specialist theft detection engineers to interpret data collected from pipelines, and they achieve far higher sensitivity than standard online theft detection systems. By using a combination of hardware, software, and skilled engineering analysis this unique service has already been deployed on virtually every refined product pipeline network in the UK and it is presently being deployed on pipelines in Colombia, Mexico, and Peru.
Product theft from pipelines is an enormous problem all over the world. The extent, severity, and risk of such theft operations are a major concern to the industry and the world community. This is organized crime using modern technology to steal large quantities of valuable material from hazardous product pipelines. This problem has become particularly acute in Latin America in recent years.
Alonso Jimenez, Business Development Manager at Atmos International Latin America, says the thieves are very clever and have learned how to evade standard detection systems: "They cut the fiber optic cables along the pipelines; an easy way to incapacitate the fiber-optic intruder detection systems. Customers want Theft Net because it is sensitive and can quickly locate multiple theft locations along a pipeline at the same time.”
The Latin American Theft Net division is based in the Atmos Costa Rica office in San Jose, and the company says its technology will bring welcome relief to pipeline operators in Latin America under attack from high-tech thieves.