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Optimising inspections of offshore assets with drones

Using drones for inspections offshore saves time, improves safety and reduces mobilisation costs.


Client: Altera Infrastructure
Industry:
Oil & Gas
Asset: Petrojarl Knarr FPSO
Location: North Sea
Year: 2021

Challenge

Altera Infrastructure had to get a full assessment of the coating condition on its asset, including its hull (above waterline), helideck structure, superstructure and flare structure.

Inspection of the external hull would typically require a support vessel located a certain distance away from the asset, which limits the accuracy. In addition, inspection of the various structures would have required a rope access team and it could have taken weeks to complete.

Solution

As such, to save time and improve accuracy, Axess performed the inspections on site with a drone that is equipped with a high-resolution camera. The experienced engineers were able to get good visuals of the critical areas, completing the inspections within just two days.

Axess’ engineer with the drone

(Photo: Axess’ engineer with the drone)

Results

Mobilising a drone is both time and cost-efficient for the client as the inspection of a large area was completed in a much shorter period of time with less manpower. It is also a safer alternative to inspectors working at height, over water or in a support vessel. Moreover, this allowed inspection of critical areas to be completed without any production downtime and eliminated any potential CO2 emissions from a support vessel.

Kristian Nelvik, OPS and BD Director of the QC department at Axess Group, said, “Axess views offshore drone inspections as a greener solution and we are also seeing more interest in this amongst our clients. We are happy that Altera Infrastructure has given us the opportunity to integrate drone technology into our offshore operations. Our engineers have successfully delivered this project by tapping on their experience in drone inspections of onshore assets.”

Hull captured by Axess’ drone during inspection

(Photo: Hull captured by Axess’ drone during inspection)


If you are interested in drone inspections for your onshore or offshore assets, please reach out to us.

Contact Information

Molde
Axess AS
Oscar Hanssens vei 5
6415 MOLDE
+47 982 43 600
Aberdeen
Axess North Sea Ltd.
Units 6 & 19 Robert Leonard Centre
Howe Moss Drive, Kirkhill Industrial Estate, Dyce AB21 0GG, UK
(duty): +44(0) 7912212854
St. John's
Axess Baffin Inc.
702 Water Street, Suite 201
St. John's, Newfoundland
+1 709 758 7937
Bergen
Axess AS
Kokstadflaten 35
5257 Bergen
(duty): +47 982 43 600
Houston
Axess North America Inc
825 Town & Country Lane Suite 1200
Houston Tx. 77024
+1 (281) 994-0367
Ciudad del Carmen
Axess Operations De Mexico S de RL de CV
Calle Bosque de Ciruelos 180 PP 101
Colonia Bosque De Las Lomas CP 11700 Cuidad De Mexico
+52 938-152-7688
Stavanger
Axess AS
Koppholen 25, 4313 Sandnes
Stavanger, Norway
(duty): +47 982 43 600
Rio de Janeiro
Axess do Brasil Ltda
Rua Dezenove de Fevereiro
171 - Botafogo
CEP 22280-030 Rio de Janeiro
+55 (21) 4108-0532
Accra
Axess Petrorig Ghana Limited
3rd floor, The Pelican
8 Blohum Street, Dzorwulu, Accra, Ghana
+233 (0) 30 397 0548
Luanda
Axess Luanda
Rainha Ginga
27 Luanda, Angola
+27 82 202 5266
Cape Town
Axess Offshore Africa
Building 2, Unit 106, Northgate Park, Brooklyn
Cape Town, 7405 South Africa
+27 82 202 5266
Trondheim
Axess AS
Nedre Bakklandet 58C
7014 Trondheim
(duty): +47 982 43 600
Orkanger
Axess AS
Grønøraveien 1
Orkanger
7300 Orkanger
(duty): +47 41 78 06 30
Oslo
Axess AS
Filipstad Brygge 1, 3rd Floor
0252 Oslo, Norway
(duty): +47 982 43 600
Busan
Axess Offshore Korea LLC
#103 (Aju-dong Hyunjin Evervil) B1 Yang 1-gil, Geoji-Si
Gyeongsangnam-do, South Korea
+82 10 2696 2016
Dubai
Axess Middle East DMCC
807 X2 Tower, X Cluster
Jumeriah Lake Towers Dubai, UAE
+971 4565 7913
Mumbai
Axess AIM India Pvt Ltd
B2-306, 3rd Floor
Kanakia Boomerang,
Chandivali Firm Road
Andheri East, Mumbai- 400072, India
Singapore
Axess Offshore Pte Ltd
Nordic European Centre #05-31 South Wing
3 International Business Park
609927 Singapore
+65 6908 4174
Perth
Axess Offshore Australia Pty Ltd
304 Newcastle St
Perth WA 6000
+61 4 3373 0739
Perth
Axess Offshore Australia Pty Ltd
140 St Georges Terrace L28,
Perth WA 6000
+61 4 3373 0739
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