Energy SCOUT - Energy sector Supply Chain Observation and Understanding Tool

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Objectives of the service

Terrabotics’ Energy Supply Chain Observation & Understanding Tool (Energy SCOUT) uses cutting-edge satellite remote sensing and advanced image data analytics to shine a new light on oil & gas and energy supply chain activities around the world. This provides new, unique, and more timely information intelligence for market analysts, traders, investors, energy operators and regulators to enable better decision making, due diligence and reporting on an Energy sector that is in a state of transition towards new diverse energy sources.

Developed in collaboration with the European Space Agency, Energy SCOUT is a modular set of services which transform daily and weekly feeds of raw satellite sensor and spatial data into a series of value-added information products, targeting different activities along the oil & gas supply chain.


Users and their needs

The global energy supply chain is massive, globally distributed, dynamic, complex, and ultimately poorly understood. Furthermore, in the context of climate change it is undergoing a major transformation.

Analysts and decision-makers working across the energy sector have a vested interest in understanding the state of the global energy supply chain to ensure their organisations operate efficiently. Energy sector investors have a keen interest in ensuring their portfolios are fit for the future. Regulators need to be able to corroborate reported versus observed activities for compliance. All these users have a common need for accurate, up-to-date, and unbiased information and many of them need this on a global and real-time scale.

Current information sources are highly localised, focus on narrow parts of the energy supply chain, can be biased and/or subjective. By placing space-based observation at the heart of our solution, and using these observations to corroborate conventional metrics, Terrabotics Energy SCOUT™ platform aims to overcome these issues and provide a superior and objective information service to analysts, decision-makers, traders and regulators.

Service/ system concept

Terrabotics’ Energy SCOUT platform breaks the energy supply chain down into discrete activities. For each of these activities the conventional reporting mechanisms are mapped to establish the information baseline. Next, Terrabotics consider the remotely measurable impact of the activity on the earth, including both the technical and economic aspects of the approach. Approaches that are technically and economically viable using existing space-based sensing technologies have been developed into information analytics pipelines, while emerging technologies are closely monitored for future compatibility and integration. Finally, space-based observations are integrated with conventional earth-based reporting and metrics to provide validated and enhanced insights.

As new energy supply chain subsets are added, Terrabotics review the potential additional value of combining these insights to better understanding the overall energy supply chain.

Space Added Value

Global energy supply chain activities have a wide range of effects on the earth surface and atmosphere. Subsequently, Terrabotics employ a highly diverse array of space-based sensors to map, measure and monitor them. Earth observation satellites are the primary tools used to gather the data that drive Energy SCOUT™. These include imaging radars and imaging spectrometers for measuring surface and atmospheric phenomena associated with energy sector activities.

Space-based satellite earth sensing assets deliver a truly objective and global data source, providing Energy SCOUT the ability to remove bias from conventional industry reporting and a capacity to scale globally. Overall, this approach increases the transparency of a traditionally opaque supply chain.

Terrabotics are also working in partnership with OpenCosmos on the UK Space Agency funded and ESA supported MANTIS project. MANTIS will be a small satellite designed specifically for acquiring low-cost high-resolution satellite imagery over energy infrastructure. Imagery data from MANTIS will be used to further increase the value of Energy SCOUT insights to end users. 

Current Status

Following a successful ESA-backed kick-start project in 2018/19, the demonstration stage of Energy SCOUT formally kicked off in March 2020 under the ESA Integrated Application Programme (IAP) technology demonstrator framework.

As of June 2020, the TBX_PADSTM module is undergoing commercial pilots with several customer segments and a second beta of TBX_PADSTM is due for release in July 2020 for rollout to end users to the end of the year. A free-tier trial of the TBX_PADSTM module is available for all early adopters to evaluate. The functionality and geographic coverage of TBX_PADSTM continues to be improved with each release.

A beta service for TBX_FlareTM is undergoing assessment with early adopters.

Status Date

Updated: 21 August 2020 - Created: 31 October 2018