Oil rigs are experiencing the drone revolution with more enthusiasm than anyone. It is a new means of breaking your isolation.
An unmanned aircraft from the Nordic Unmanned company opens a new era for maritime transport. This drone has broken a world record by flying 100 kilometers to a gas platform located offshore.
The platform is called Troll A, and it is the largest in the world. With a height of 472 meters and a weight of 683,600 tons, it is about tallest and heaviest human construction ever carried by mankind. It was built in the North Sea 100 kilometers off the coast of Norway, in 1996.
The problem with this type of construction is physical communication. A small piece is broken for which there is no spare, and they have to charter a helicopter just for that, with the consequent expense and pollution that it entails. But these problems are already history with the arrival of drones. In this video you can see the historic flight:
CAMCOPTER S-100 It is a miniature unmanned helicopter. It weighs 110 kilos and can carry a load of up to 50 kilos, with a flight capacity of 8 hours. It is not autonomous, so the pilot must be guided by the cameras to operate it remotely.
A few weeks ago the Troll A platform needed a 3D printed part that had broken down. Instead of chartering a conventional helicopter they sent this unmanned helicopter, which has broken a world record by flying 100 kilometers offshore to the gas platform to deliver the small piece, as we can see in the video. And another 100 kilometers back.
Until now, this type of delivery, if not an emergency, was delayed until the helicopter had to transport food or personnel. But such a drone is infinitely cheaper than a conventional transport, and its carbon footprint is 55 times smaller.
iBubble, an autonomous underwater drone with a camera, designed to obtain completely professional underwater recordings.
The drone not only delivered the goods: it also carried out an inspection of the oil rig from a distance of 500 meters, and carried out a simulated search and rescue mission, which you completed successfully.
The world record has double merit because this type of flight was not possible just 4 months ago. In such a short time the consortium formed by Nordic Unmanned, Equinor, Schiebel, Avinor, and the Norwegian naval authorities, have achieved the achievement.
A new stage in communication and transportation opens for oil and natural gas platforms operating offshore.