North American pipelines and utilities will spend more than $170 million on new or upgraded supervisory control and data acquisition (scada) systems during the 30-month period that commenced Sept. 1. Another $12.5 million will be spent on peripherals and consulting. Among the 699 various projects to be implemented during the period, companies will install 151 scada systems, add 154 remote-terminal units (RTUS) to existing scada units, and install 196 communications systems. These figures are based on research by CSR Inc., Roseville, Calif., which maintains a data base on gas utilities and pipeline companies. Recently, more than 800 of t...

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