How a fiber-optic cabling system protects a gas pipeline in Pakistan

OptaSense is partnering with a local security-systems integrator to provide a perimeter intrusion detection system for a gas production facility.


OptaSense recently announced that, along with a local security systems integrator based in Pakistan, it has been awarded a project to provide a perimeter intrusion detection system (PIDS) for a pipeline and gas producing facility/central producing facility.

“Having successfully installed the first pipeline protection system of its kind in Pakistan on a pipeline network in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province of Northwest Pakistan, the operator selected OptaSense to follow up the initial procurement with another project that covers the Mardankhel west pipeline and wells, also located in the same province,” OptaSense said.

The company added that it built “on the success of the initial pipeline network protection project and using the existing fiber-optic infrastructure already in place,” adding that along with its partner’s engineers, the company will “install a second intrusion detection system to protect the pipeline right-of-way from third party intrusion, covering the entire Mardankhel Pipeline network, as well as providing perimeter intrusion detection on the producing facility perimeter. This project included upgrading the existing system to the latest software version and integrating a new CCTV system covering the producing facility perimeter, enabling cross-cueing of the CCTV system to the respective alerts.”

Jeff Williamson, managing director of OptaSense’s infrastructure security monitoring division, stated, “Not only is this the first project with our regional partner, but this is the first of its type in Pakistan. It will provide the customer with a secure pipeline and ensures a safe corridor to operate in. We hope that this provides a benchmark in countries where pipeline hot taps are widespread.”

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