​Husky Midstream to use fiber optic sensing as standard for new pipelines in active heavy oil region

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A fiber optic pipeline sensing technology developed in Calgary and designed to take operators to 100 percent safety will now be used as the design standard for a major producer in Alberta and Saskatchewan.

Hifi Engineering announced on Monday that Husky Midstream – which operates assets in the company’s heavy oil heartland in the Lloydminster region – will use high-fidelity dynamic sensing (HDS) for new large diameter pipelines.

Enbridge, TransCanada and Plains Midstream have also tested the system over the last year.

In fall 2017, Hifi also became the first company to access the Alberta Small Business Innovation and Research Initiative, which provides Alberta-based small- and medium-sized enterprises with direct market access through industry connections.

The company says the latest iteration of its technology includes increased capability for long distance monitoring.

Husky Energy is in the process of a major build-out of heavy oil production capacity in the Lloydminster region, with 60,000 bbls/d anticipated to come online between 2019 and 2021.

In July 2016 the company had a major link in a heavy oil pipeline into the North Saskatchewan River that resulted in the temporary closure of water intakes into the communities of North Battleford, Prince Alberta and Melfort, Saskatchewan.

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