Smart pipeline partnership aims for safer energy production

December 23, 2020 // By Rich Pell
Smart pipeline partnership aims for safer energy production
Smart pipe infrastructure company Tri-D Dynamics and Japan-based global steel distributor Marubeni-Itochu Steel (MISI) have announced an agreement to develop smart pipelines that bring the benefits of digitally-connected infrastructure to the energy industry.

Under the agreement, Silicon Valley-based Tri-D will provide design and advanced manufacturing IP to integrate sensors and electronic components into MISI pipelines used in oil and gas production, in a market with over 14M metric tons of demand in 2019. Embedded sensors and electronics will enable digital tracking of the pipes - called Oil Country Tubular Goods (OCTG) - over their lifecycle, from fabrication at the mill to transportation, storage, and incorporation into the wellbore.

The partnership, say the companies, will provide Exploration and Production (E&P) customers with increased accuracy, reliability, transparency and efficiency for one of the most critical pieces of well infrastructure.

"Bringing automated digital tracking to smart pipeline and tubular products," says Tri-D CEO Deepak Atyam, "will enable real-time and counterfeit-proof supply chain management, improving the safety and efficiency of delivering and using the fundamental pipe infrastructure of energy production."

The company's electronic tracking technology will be used in casings - lengths of pipe that are inserted into an oil or gas well to prevent hydrocarbons leaking into the environment. The ability to fully trace how each segment of pipe was created, stored, transported and handled, says the company, is imperative to maintaining quality and integrity in the well and ensuring safety.

For its part, MISI says that it plans to pair Tri-D's automated digital tracking feature with the security and transparency of blockchain data management to help digitize and track more than 1M metric tons of OCTG products that MISI sells globally every year.

"Adding full traceability to our tubular products from mill to wellbore is part of MISI's commitment to delivering the highest quality products to customers," says the company. "We look forward to working with Tri-D to provide new digital functionalities and value for E&P end users."

Tri-D Dynamics
Marubeni-Itochu Steel

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