At this year’s Oil & Gas Middle East and Refining & Petrochemicals Middle East (RPME) Awards in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Sky-Futures, being recognized for its unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) inspection work in the Middle East, was shortlisted for the technical innovation award.
The RPME Awards, first held in 2010, “celebrate the massive accomplishments and achievements being carried out in the upstream and downstream communities in the region,” according to the event’s website.
Sky-Futures is a global provider of UAV inspections for the oil and gas industry. The company is headquartered in London and has offices in Houston; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Aberdeen, Scotland; and Abu Dhabi. Earlier this year, it received a commercial exemption to offer its drone services in the U.S.
In one case study, the company saved a petrochemicals plant in Egypt almost $4 million by completing flare inspections via UAV and thus minimizing the plant’s shutdown time.
“It’s great to be recognized for this award; it means that the technology team’s work is principal to Sky-Futures’ global recognition,” says Adrian Karl, chief technology officer. “We put a lot of effort into our research and development, with regular experiments at the Sky-Futures training academy in Gloucestershire.”