Repsol and Indra develop a safety system to detect hydrocarbons

Camera Casablanca platformA camera at the Casablanca platform in Tarragona. (Image source: Repsol)Repsol and Indra, two experts in the fields of energy and advanced technology have together created HEADS (Hydrocarbon Early Automatic Detection System), an early warning system designed to detect leaks that enables the oil and gas industry to maximise safety in offshore operations

Repsol has contributed to HEADS its extensive knowledge of physical phenomena related to hydrocarbons and the marine environment and its experience in offshore crude oil exploration and production. Indra has provided expertise on image interpretation and algorithms as well as its experience in the development of real-time data processing and the construction and use of infrared cameras and radars.

The partnership has been a significant contribution to the oil industry: it combines sensor monitoring, automatic interpretation and activation of alarms without human intervention, significantly increasing the detection of any incident in the aquatic environment with a response time of less than two minutes.

The HEADS pilot was rolled out at the beginning of 2014 comprising of a surveillance system at a pier in Tarragona and another on the Casablanca platform located 40 km off the Spanish coast. HEADS is now being rolled out commercially with further installations planned in Spain and Peru.

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