Sky-Futures, a global provider of unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) inspections for the oil and gas industry, has launched new rapid response and safety overwatch services for inspecting and monitoring offshore installations in the North Sea.
The rapid response service, available to operators and contractors in the North Sea, will mobilize an inspection team from Sky-Futures' Aberdeen, Scotland, location within 48 hours. This will enable asset managers to make rapid assessments of their installations in order to minimize risk to personnel and prevent unnecessary shutdowns in production, says Sky-Futures.
The safety overwatch service, where a UAV provides real-time video and high-definition recording of heavy lifting or other topside operations, provides an additional layer of safety to various operations both onshore and offshore, according to Sky-Futures. Previously, clients were able to view operations through electronic goggles.
The company – which is headquartered in London and has offices in Aberdeen; Houston; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; and Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – recently opened a new office in Aberdeen and hired a new engineering manager, Steve Moir, who will lead the new rapid response service.
Sky-Futures says it has worked with more than 30 of the biggest oil and gas companies, including Apache, BG Group, BP, ConocoPhillips, Shell and Statoil. It offers drone inspection services in the North Sea, the Middle East, Southeast Asia and North Africa and recently opened an office in Houston to serve clients in the Gulf of Mexico.