The escalating theft of oil and natural gas has prompted a state-owned oil exploration firm to use air surveillance to check pilferage. Oil India Limited (OIL) has firmed up plans to make use of drones in Assam, where its pipelines carry crude oil and natural gas from wells to collecting stations.
“OIL is in the final stage of awarding the contract to a firm for drone surveillance of the pipelines, to be carried out mostly at night. We expect it be operationalised within 3-4 months,” said OIL spokesperson Tridiv Hazarika.
Assam Has a Oil Pipeline Network of Nearly 60 Kms
Hazarika, who is based in Assam, explained that the footage from the drones would be monitored round-the-clock from twin centres at Duliajan and Digboi. These two townships have a network of pipelines where pilferage is extremely high. Ground teams will swing into action whenever theft is detected by the drones.