Ventus Wind has merged with Texas Aerial Solutions – a supplier of drone video and inspection services for the oil and gas, land development, and municipal markets – to form Dallas-based Ventus for global inspection services.
Ventus Wind, a Section 333 exemption holder for commercial drone operations, provides aerial inspections for infrastructure including onshore and offshore wind turbines, onshore and offshore oil and gas, nuclear plants, solar plants, and utility power lines. Its up-tower blade-repair services are part of a comprehensive wind energy service program that uses drones for the turbine inspection and follows with up-tower blade repairs.
“By combining both companies, we expect to reduce operating costs by 12 percent – which will be passed on to our customers,” says TJ Sively, owner of Texas Aerial.
Marco Zvanik, CEO of Ventus, anticipates that 2015 year-end earnings will increase by 34% due to the addition of the up-tower blade repairs and the merger with Texas Aerial.
“We feel that the merger with Texas Aerial will not only expand our ability to service our customers better by offering regionally based drone teams, but it will also allow us to reduce operating costs – which makes the drone inspection business a more viable option to current inspection methods,” he explains.