Qinetiq system chosen for Turkish section of BTC pipeline

Qinetiq’s Optasense technology has been chosen as the security system for the 1,770km BTC pipeline on the Turkey section.

The phased roll-out of the system, which commenced this week, will see a further 600km of pipeline monitored by the OptaSense fibre optic security system, also known as the Optical Fibre – Pipeline Intruder Detection System (OF-PIDS), following successful installation along 100km last year.

The BTC is one of the longest crude oil pipelines in the world and the Turkish section of the BTC export system includes four pump stations, two pigging stations, 52 block valve sites and the Ceyhan marine export terminal.

Operating since 2006, over 1 billion barrels of crude oil have been exported to world markets through the Ceyhan Marine Terminal.

The BTC pipeline is operated overall by BP and the designated operator for the Turkey section is Botas.