India’s 1st Remote Monitoring System For Oil Refinery Turbines – PDF


  • Remote monitoring centre in Hyderabad to monitor Indian Oil turbines

  • A remote monitoring centre has been established in Hyderabad.
  • The Indian Oil Remote Monitoring and Operation Centre, has been set up by BHEL-GE Gas Turbine Services, which is a joint venture of BHEL and General Electric.
  • It will analyse operational data from 27 gas turbines at eight Indian Oil Corporation refineries across the country.
  • These turbines produce the power requirement of the refineries.
  • Presently the refining capacity of the country is 249.366 MMTPA.

  • The project combines the government’s vision of Atmanirbhar Bharat and Digital India.
  • It will help in preventive, and proactive monitoring, and maintenance of the gas turbines remotely from Hyderabad.
  • This is the first time a multi-unit monitoring system is being implemented by an oil Public Sector Undertaking.

What is a remote monitoring system?

  • Remote monitoring and control systems are designed to control large or complex facilities such as factories, power plants, network operations centers, airports, and spacecraft, with some degree of automation.
  • These systems may receive data from sensors, telemetry streams, user inputs, and pre-programmed procedures.

Features of the Hyderabad remote monitoring system

  • The technology of ‘proactive predictive analytics-based automated anomaly detection’ has been jointly developed by experts from GE, BHEL and IOC.
  • With this technology, operational data flowing in digitally from the gas turbines would be analysed round the clock.
  • Analysis of the data would help detect and diagnose emerging issues relating to the turbines before they become critical and thereby prevent the refinery process unit shutdowns.
  • Refining takes a lot of energy, and digitalization can optimize the use of heat and bring that cost down.
  • The remote monitoring system was originally planned to be operated out of GE’s Atlanta Analytical Centre in the U.S.
  • But owing to the Data Residency Clause and National Cyber Security Guidelines, it was decide to operate it out of Hyderabad.
  • India’s laws require certain types of sensitive data to be stored in India.
  • g.: The Personal Data Protection Bill, 2019.

  • With the implementation of this technology, Indian oil refineries will reach higher standards of excellence, and maintain Indian Oil’s technical superiority.




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