QinetiQ's technology has been chosen as the security system for the 1,770-kilometer BTC pipeline on the Turkey section. The phased roll-out of the system will see a further 600 kilometers of pipeline monitored by the fiber optic security system, following successful installation along 100 kilometers 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, more than 1 billion barrels of crude oil have been exported to world markets through the Ceyhan Marine Terminal. The BTC pipeline is operated by BP, and the designated operator for the Turkey section is Botas International Limited (BIL).
“We pride ourselves on pipeline integrity and believe the addition of the technology will help us prevent incidents of theft or accidental damage,” said Hasan Alsancak, Security Manager of Turkey, BP-BTC Country. “We have been impressed with the technical performance over the last year with this technology preventing theft from our pipeline over the initial 100 kilometers. We believe the system to be a cost-effective way of monitoring the security and efficiency of our pipeline.”