Skyports and Equinor have partnered to trial drone supply to off-shore drilling platforms.
by DRONELIFE Employees Author Ian J. McNabb
Skyports Drone Companies, a UK-based drone logistics firm, and Equinor, a Norweigan vitality agency, have partnered up for a brand new trial program that may see electrical drones delivering provides and different cargo to off-shore drilling platforms within the North Sea. The 2-month flight program, launched in early September, is the primary every day offshore supply undertaking piloted from dry land. Skyports has already accomplished dozens of cargo runs, and is scheduled to finish lots of extra earlier than the undertaking winds up, delivering provides like spare elements, gear, and care packages. Each corporations hope electrical drones may be an answer to the recurring problems with North Sea logistics, together with the punishing climate situations and infrequently restricted visibility. Each corporations additionally touted the environmentally pleasant nature of the UAV transports, that are totally emissions-free.
The undertaking chosen Australian firm Swoop Aero’s Kite UAV, which may fly as much as 70 miles (or 114 km) from Equinor’s Mongstad-based logistics heart on the west coast of Norway to a few installations on the Gullfaks oil subject within the north sea, along with intra-rig transports. The fixed-wing drone, which may carry as much as 11 lbs or 5 kg, has a most vary of 175 km within the type of troublesome situations discovered offshore.
In an announcement, Alex Brown, Director of Skyports Drone Companies, mentioned, “This undertaking with Equinor proves that drone supply can provide a safer, cost-effective, extra sustainable different to standard transport strategies in offshore environments. The offshore vitality sector is completely positioned to profit from drone deliveries because of the inherent time delicate nature of working offshore, in addition to the acute remoteness and ruggedness of operations. We’re at the moment exploring how we will develop this groundbreaking work into adjoining sectors reminiscent of offshore wind and ship resupply”.
Skyports Drone Companies has labored with Avinor and the Civil Aviation Authority of Norway to safe flight permissions.
Ian McNabb is a employees author primarily based in Boston, MA. His pursuits embody geopolitics, rising applied sciences, environmental sustainability, and Boston School sports activities.
Miriam McNabb is the Editor-in-Chief of DRONELIFE and CEO of JobForDrones, knowledgeable drone providers market, and a fascinated observer of the rising drone trade and the regulatory setting for drones. Miriam has penned over 3,000 articles centered on the business drone house and is a global speaker and acknowledged determine within the trade. Miriam has a level from the College of Chicago and over 20 years of expertise in excessive tech gross sales and advertising and marketing for brand new applied sciences.
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