India launches first remote monitoring system for oil refineries

Indian Oil Corp announced it has launched the country's first remote monitoring system for oil refineries' turbines. The project, located in Hyderabad, was inaugurated by oil minister Dharmendra Pradhan.

The Remote Monitoring & Operation Centre for Tracking of Indian Oil’s Refinery Gas Turbines was implemented by BHEL-GE Gas Turbine Services (BGGTS), a joint venture of BHEL and General Electric.

"This is the first time ever, such a multi-unit monitoring system in the country is being implemented by an Oil PSU in India," IOC Chairman S M Vaidya said.

He informed that originally the remote monitoring system was envisaged to be operated out of GE’s Atlanta Analytical Centre in the United States but owing to Data Residency Clause and National Cyber Security Guidelines, it would now be operated from Hyderabad.

The technology -- called Proactive Predictive Analytics-based Automated Anomaly Detection -- will allow Gas Turbune Operational Data flowing in digitally from 27 turbines of the eight IndianOil refineries to be analysed round-the-clock in Hyderabad.

This analysis will help in detection and diagnosis of emerging issues relating to gas turbines before they become critical and triggers corrective actions. This will help avoid refinery process unit shutdowns.