Case Studies - Digitalisation tune

Cloud computing for seal pipeline operations

px delivered a cloud-based solution as part of the establishment of a 24/7 control room overseeing the commercial operation and monitoring of the SEAL pipeline.

High system availability – 99.9%+ Greater resilience Flexible work location

This provided greater system reliability and resilience, leading to a far more agile response to business continuity events.

 What We Did

The SEAL pipeline transports sales quality (methane) gas from the Elgin Franklin platform in the Central Graben Area of the North Sea to the dedicated SEAL module at the Bacton gas terminal on the Norfolk coast.

As part of the IT solution required to operate the SEAL pipeline, the highest system availability was seen as key. Therefore, all applications, systems and programs provided by our third-party vendors and our in-house ICT support, were developed for use and access via an on-demand technology service provided by a cloud provider.

In addition, and on reflection of the impact COVID has had on shift working, px wanted a flexible solution that wouldn’t limit the commercial shift team to a single office space and provide greater working from home capability, when needed. This was done via the provision of a disaster recovery kit to replicate the control room environment anywhere that has a network connection. This in turn ensures the continued safe operation and monitoring of the SEAL pipeline each day, every day, from anywhere in the UK and overseas.


  • High system availability – 99.9%+;
  • Greater resilience and;
  • Flexible work location.