Earth Observation for Oil and Gas Response Portal (OGEO-ReP)
European Space Agency (ESA)
July 2018 – February 2020
Over the past 20 years, oil and gas companies have used satellite Earth Observation (EO) technology, throughout the entire project lifecycle from pre-acquisition to full operations and decommissioning. The European Space Agency (ESA) began working progressively with the oil and gas industry to demonstrate how new developments in EO services might be used by the sector, and to enhance industry understanding of the benefits of EO technology in operational settings.
Hatfield is part of a consortium of companies led by CGI (UK) developing the Oil and Gas Earth Observation Response Portal as a means to gather and display EO-derived information relevant to an oil spill incident. The portal is supported by a backend platform based on a scalable architecture, sufficiently elastic to process large amounts of data in response to an incident.
Hatfield’s role was to develop and demonstrate EO capabilities for oil spill response in the onshore oil and gas sector. Hatfield refined the onshore oil spill incident characterization and time series analysis methods which were being implemented on CGI’s cloud computing platform. Sentinel-2 and Landsat-8 data were ingested directly from a Copernicus EO data repository through a high-speed data pipeline and processed in a large-scale computing environment. Product generation could be launched in response to an incident and monitored through an interactive web-based system. Although this technology was developed in the context of oil spill response, the methods can be applied to many other scenarios in the energy industry and beyond.