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Global Automation and Energy Management company, Schneider Electric, has emphasized the need for the widespread adoption of smart technology in pipeline infrastructure to ensure energy security. The company believes that incorporating proven and reliable smart solutions can prevent operational failures and intrusion on critical pipeline infrastructure. Schneider Electric is implementing artificial intelligence-enabled cybersecurity solutions for real-time monitoring, scenario prediction, and effective operational gains. The company also highlights the importance of engaging key stakeholders in discussions and involving them in the design and construction phases of pipeline projects. Schneider Electric cites the example of successful implementations in Abu Dhabi and looks to contribute to Nigeria’s sustainable energy future through advanced monitoring and cybersecurity solutions.

Speaking at the Nigeria International Pipeline Technology and Security Conference (NIPITECS), Schneider Electric’s Damiete Thomas stressed the importance of integrating smart technology into pipeline infrastructure to ensure energy security. He emphasized the need for proven and reliable smart solutions to prevent operational failures and intrusion on critical pipeline infrastructure. Thomas mentioned that artificial intelligence technologies can enable accurate real-time monitoring, scenario prediction, and prevention of cyber breaches. Schneider Electric is implementing cybersecurity solutions that utilize artificial intelligence for secure monitoring and efficient operational gains. The company’s AVEVA and Prisma Photonics solutions are designed to effectively monitor pipeline infrastructures and ensure greater efficiency and reliable security features.

Schneider Electric is committed to energy security and sustainability and actively engages in discussions on pipeline security technologies at the conceptualization stage of projects. The company emphasizes the involvement of key stakeholders such as the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), upstream operators, regulatory authorities, and pipeline companies like WAPCo, Umugini Pipeline Infrastructure, and Oilserv Limited. These engagements lay the foundation for a Unified Pipeline Operation Centre. Damiete Thomas highlights the growing concern of digital breaches and cybercrimes, which pose a more dangerous threat than physical incursions. He believes that the next phase of attacks on pipeline infrastructure could be cyber-oriented and stresses the need for advanced cyber-secure solutions alongside sensing and monitoring solutions on the pipeline.

Schneider Electric also cites successful implementations in other countries, such as the example of ADNOC in Abu Dhabi. The integration of advanced monitoring and cybersecurity solutions in pipeline infrastructure is seen as crucial for Nigeria’s sustainable energy future. Ajibola Akindele, country president of Schneider Electric, emphasizes the company’s commitment to securing pipelines for operational efficiency and economic strength.