Qinetiq to provide protection for Cairn India pipeline

Qinetiq’s OptaSense system has been chosen as the security system for the 670km Mangala Development Pipeline (MDP) in India following successful field trials last year.

The OptaSense system will be installed along the entire length of the pipeline and used to detect, classify and locate potential threats.

The MDP, operated by Cairn India, is the world’s longest, continuously heated and insulated pipeline. It originates from the Mangala Processing Terminal in Barmer, Rajasthan, and passes through eight districts in the states of Rajasthan and Gujarat before it reaches the coastal location of Bhogat, near Jamnagar on the western coast of India.

Qinetiq’s OptaSense system will be installed into existing pipeline block valve stations and will use the existing communications cable installed adjacent to the pipeline. The installation and commissioning of the project will be carried out by Qinetiq’s distribution partner, Optilan.

The contract with Cairn India follows a contract with BP to install the OptaSense system on the 1,770km Turkey section of the BTC pipeline last year.