Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) has invited fresh tenders for installation of the supervisory control and data acquisition (Scada) system on the Kandla-Bhatinda product pipeline. Skodaexport, which had been given the composite works contract for the pipeline, had abandoned the project before the system could be installed.
IOC has been operating the pipeline manually in order to transport crude oil and other petroleum products from Kandla to the north. However, the absence of Scada has deprived IOC of the benefits accruing from operating a modern pipeline with negligible staff and maximum safety precautions.
Installation of the supervisory system would enable IOCs staff to operate the entire pipeline from the central control room, which is to be located at Panipat. A leak anywhere in the pipeline would trigger off warning signals in the control room. The control room staff could then operate any valve on the pipeline to prevent damage.
Under the manual method, staff has to be stationed all along the pipeline to check leaks and take corrective action. Moreover, the entire supervisory staff is required to maintain a hotline with the control room to have a continuous channel of two-way communication.
Though Skoda had placed the order