How Satellite Data Adds Clarity to Operational Decisions

Within each stage of the project lifecycle, owners and operators face specific, operational level challenges. These can range from the need to continuously validate prospective areas during the exploration phase, to minimising environmental impact and the high risks related to construction works during asset development. Equally, once a site commences production, emergency situations such as oil leaks or damage to assets caused by external forces, are just two of the possible threats with the potential to have a huge impact on operations. Obtaining the right information in a timely manner is therefore crucial to making the right decision.

With the capability to provide the freshest high-resolution images of any area on the globe, Pléiades is a truly unique satellite constellation. Its 0.5m products provide sharp detail to accurately depict the situation on the ground, no matter how remotely an operation is situated and with its daily revisit capacity, images of any area of interest can be captured when you need them. This is particularly relevant when planning infrastructure – such as pipelines – and ensures the most up to date, cost-effective geographical details are used in the development process.

Pléiades: How Satellite Data Adds Clarity to Operational Decisions

During the production phase, Pléiades’ very high-resolution images offer the capability for routine monitoring, ensuring low costs and risks for people and equipment on site. This includes operation progress follow-ups, mining results and platform surveillance – ensuring team safety onshore or offshore, as well as timely emergency response.

For example, Pléiades was tasked when Libya’s biggest fuel storage facility, located in Tripoli, caught fire during conflicts between rival militants in 2014. The fire was spreading quickly amongst storage tanks, making timely, high-resolution images of the fire essential to planning the emergency response. Pléiades was tasked using GeoStore and high resolution images of the emergency were supplied 1:35 hours after the satellite passed the region. In such an urgent situation, Pléiades images (or 50cm products, quickly provided fresh and valuable information regarding fire source points, nearby areas which were at risk and needed to be evacuated, as well as details to plan fire fighter’s response. The example shows how oil, gas and mining operations can gain a competitive advantage using very high-resolution Pléiades images to inform decisions.

Pléiades: How Satellite Data Adds Clarity to Operational Decisions