Bristow Group Inc., a provider of helicopter transportation services to the global offshore energy industry, has invested $4.2 million in Sky-Futures, which offers drone inspections for the oil and gas industry.
Bristow says the investment, which also includes an exclusive partnership agreement, gives the company immediate entry into the fast-growing unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) services business and bolsters its offerings to include inspections via UAV. Bristow has corporate headquarters in Houston.
In addition, Bristow will have one representative on the Sky-Futures board. Sky-Futures is headquartered in London and has offices in Houston; Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; and Aberdeen, Scotland.
“Through our partnership, we will collaborate with Sky-Futures and its leading safety culture, operational integration and analysis technology to capitalize beyond the growing need for global UAV inspection services in oil and gas to other industries, including search and rescue,” explains Jonathan Baliff, president and CEO of Bristow Group.
James Harrison, Sky-Futures’ CEO and co-founder, says, “This partnership between Bristow and Sky-Futures enables us to rapidly expand the operational delivery of drone-based inspection services in the global oil and gas market.”
Sky-Futures currently operates in 16 countries and works with more than 30 oil and gas companies – many of which are Bristow’s clients.