New partnership forged to ‘mark new standard in remote UAV inspection for the oil and gas industry’

A UK-based aerial inspection specialist has joined forces with a global provider of survey for oil and gas and related industries in a bid to push the boundaries of UAVs in the use case.

Air Control Entech (ACE) and  ARPAS-UK member, TRAC Oil & Gas have announced a new strategic partnership, aiming to combine their respective expertise in UAVs, aviation and inspection.

The partnership looks to enable both companies to push the boundaries of what is currently possible in offshore, remote inspection, using ACE UAVs and TRAC’s inspection experience to offer a UAV-based remote inspection to a standard currently not offered in the oil and gas sector.

Kieran Hope, founder and managing director of Air Control Entech, said: “We first met TRAC through the OGTC and we’re delighted to be working together on UAV inspection deployments.

“Our LiveStream technology is seeing real pull-through in the market and with these joint projects we expect to gain the insight we need to set an R&D direction specific to the oil and gas industry. I personally look forward to working with TRAC to set ever-higher standards of quality and safety for UAV inspection techniques.”

ACE UAVs, which were developed with OGTC funding, have already been trailed successfully by TRAC.

Grant Blackaby, offshore integrity engineer for TRAC, added: “Our mission is to increase personnel and process safety by utilising robotics and innovative technologies to minimise the exposure to unnecessary risk from working at height through to working within confined space.

“The partnership with Air Control Entech enables us to offer a valuable technology that previously has not been fully realised in the oil and gas as industry. This will in turn increase efficiencies and reduce costs in an already financially challenging environment.”

Article written by Emma Calder