Seven Companies Apply For Piper, A New Pipeline Sensor Technology

Developer Ingu, along with six other companies, have applied to use a golf ball-sized mobile sensor that will be used to detect leaks, geometric defects, and deposits in crude oil or brine pipelines.

The technology works by being placed in one end of an underground pipeline with liquid such as crude oil, brine, or others, being carried through.

The technology will be deployed next month to a unique target market that focuses on small gathering pipelines in North Dakota; however, it will be tested over three years.

Initial plans are to extend the program beyond three years based on more oil and gas companies joining the current seven companies.

The three-year program’s funding is a combined $1.6 million from NDIC’s Oil and Gas Research Program. There is also an additional $225,000 in membership fees that are paid by the oil and gas companies.

Developers want to minimize the speed of data analysis which is currently done by sending the Pipers back to Ingu to retrieve data. The startup is also working on building AI capacity to bring the data analysis speed to 72 hours.

Pricing will be based on the level of data analysis needed and not on the actual product. 

Bismarck Tribune