ASSET INTEGRITY & EXPLORATION
Leak detection and SeaScan seep detection capabilities
Shell Tech Works or STW is a Boston (Massachusetts) based affiliate of Shell. STW’s objective is to leverage local high tech capability outside the oil and gas industry to help solve critical challenges. Since its founding in 2012 the company has been involved in a number of high profile innovative projects within Shell. One of these projects targeted the use of Underwater Autonomous Vehicles (UAV’s) to help with the detection of pipeline leaks and hydrocarbon seepage from the seabed. By following a structured systems engineering approach STW was able to integrate a prototype sensor/detection payload on an UAV within a year and demonstrate the leak/seep detection capabilities in waters off the coast of Boston.