World's longest oil pipeline with TETRA
Russia’s Transneft operates one of the world’s most extensive oil pipeline networks. It stretches across Eastern Europe and Asia. They have also built the world’s longest oil pipeline, which runs for thousands of kilometers in Russia through some of the remotest regions.
Radio communications from Airbus are keeping company staff in touch with TETRA radios
- offering data and voice communications,
- connecting colleagues out in the field with operators at stations positioned along the route.
The construction of the East Siberia-Pacific Ocean pipeline system (VSTO) was completed in 2012 by Airbus' value-added reseller, T-Helper Svyaz LLC. It now connects the oil fields of West and East Siberia with the oil loading port of Kozmino in Nakhodka Bay and the Primorsky oil refinery plant near Nakhodka.
In the unique, vulnerable Siberian environment, the TETRA radio network helps monitor any incidents that may occur and limit the consequences of any leak along the route.
All the equipment faces extremely challenging conditions, and bad weather can prevent access to some base stations for months at a time.
Transneft is very pleased with the system: “We would definitely recommend TETRA systems from Airbus to other oil companies and will continue to design new networks based on their solutions.”
TETRA solutions in use
ESPO 1 and 2 are interesting examples of pipeline projects.
Transneft ESPO 1 – Eastern Siberia-Pacific Ocean pipeline
Transneft ESPO 2 – Eastern Siberia-Pacific Ocean pipeline
- Contract award in 2010
- Delivery in 2010-2011
- Roll-out in 2011-2012
- 2 DXT3 TETRA switches, 127 TB3 TETRA base stations (410-430 MHz)
- 600 THR880i Ex, 160 THR880i, 450 TMR880i, 100 TGR990 TETRA radios
Other pipelines that use TETRA communication to secure their operations are listed below.
BTS-1 – The 1st Baltic Pipeline System
Tihoretsk – Tuapse pipeline
Transneft Almetyevsk – Ryazan pipeline
Transneft EIS-3 pipeline
Transneft BTS-2 – 2nd Baltic Pipeline System
These pipelines are secured by TETRA networks which consist of more than 8 Airbus TETRA switches, more than 220 Airbus TETRA base stations and almost 2000 Airbus TETRA radios.