Applications of Drones in Energy Industry

Drones serve a much larger purpose by keeping an eye on the work and ensuring safety and surveillance

Applications of Drones in Energy Industry
Applications of drones in energy industry

Applications of Drones in Energy Industry

In the 21st Century, as technology replaces the workforce, we are beginning to see a change in the oil and gas industry as well. Utilizing technology advancements, this industry has started to deploy drones to monitor offshore rigs and oil extraction sites. Drones serve a much larger purpose by keeping an eye on the work and ensuring safety and surveillance.

Large corporations preparing for a future with lower oil prices are increasingly choosing drones to inspect offshore drilling rigs and other operations as they seek to boost productivity, cut costs, and improve operator safety. Such growth has provided a thriving market for companies that manufacture drones and develop the software to collect and manage data gathered from inspections. 

Drones are used for many purposes in the oil and gas industry. Here are some of the uses:

Monitoring and Surveillance

Drones are being used for remote monitoring and surveillance in the oil and gas industry. This has helped make for a better management and surveillance system. This new system of inspection covers infrastructure, equipment, tankers, trucks, and other useful assets.

These assets are often in places that are difficult to keep a check on due to them being in the unapproachable areas, whether due to high temperatures or lack of physical accessibility to a geographical feature. Drones not only do this task but also store detailed records in the form of videos.

Methane management

Energy companies target methane reductions from operations to lend their support to the worldwide campaign against climate change and global warming. To achieve these goals, companies are investing in a wide range of sensing technologies.

These can be either enduringly fixed on the target asset or installed on drones for obtaining real-time data. Drones help provide a safe and sustainable solution to this ever-increasing problem of emissions.

Emergency response

Drones can provide a comprehensive view of the situation in an industrial accident or a natural disaster. Real-time drone imagery and video analytics can also help locate the extent of oil spills or fire incidents.

All these features can enable companies to coordinate emergency response and direct resources to the appropriate places while ensuring a worker's safety. Drones can help reduce the damage and in turn, create a safer work environment. With real-time imagery, the risk of casualties can also be reduced in case of mishaps.

Material handling

Technology companies throughout the world are experimenting with the reliability of drones for delivering products in visual line of sight and beyond visual line of sight. This use focuses mainly on consumer and healthcare applications.

This use of drones could be adopted in the case of oil and gas and deliver payloads to production platforms located nearby. Although restriction on the size and weight of the payload may limit drones' usability in this situation, it is acknowledged as an option for delivering smaller objects.

The possibilities are endless for the utility of drones in this field and many others. Although it might still take some time to be used at its full potential, this technology has already helped the industry improve and strive for a better and greener tomorrow.