Transneft East inspected more than 2.4 thousand km of oil pipelines using airborne laser scanning in 2018.
Experts examined almost 2.7 thousand km of the Eastern Siberia – Pacific Ocean oil pipeline (ESPO). Nearly 700 km of the Kuyumba – Tayshet oil trunk pipeline (OTP) were inspected for the first time.
In 2017–2018, more than 900 devices were installed on Transneft East’s oil pipelines to determine the pipeline’s horizontal location and elevation. These devices were later equipped with special covers. During airborne laser scanning, special high-precision photo, video and laser equipment installed on an aircraft records and reads data of the terrain, incline and slope exposure. The laser beam reflects from the covers of the horizontal location and elevation determining devices installed on the pipeline, providing information on the pipe’s position.
The data collected during such scanning are put together into a report. On the basis of this information the pipelines’ operating conditions are adjusted, if necessary.
The purpose of the procedure is to ensure efficient and safe operation of Transneft East’s oil pipelines.