Drones to monitor oil and gas assets in Russia

drone2Russian oil and gas production company Tomskneft has started using drones to monitor its pipeline routes and the oil and gas production assets

The joint venture firm produces oil and gas in Tomsk and Khanty-Mansiysk areas in Russia and holds licences for developing more than 30 oil and gas fields in the country.

“Given the size of the territory of Tomskneft operations and the significant length of pipelines with various purposes (about 5,000 km), the use of drones will help resolve a number of issues — to improve the quality of pipeline monitoring condition, to enhance reliability of pipeline operations and to ensure detection of unauthorised access to the pipeline protection zone,” said the company.

Because of the specialised video, photo and thermal-imaging equipment, drones can deliver data regarding pipeline operations. They can provide real-time translation of the obtained data or store it to a memory card. Operators can manually change drone trajectories or return them to a required location to take another picture of a target.

Based on the field tests results, Tomskneft specialists will decide upon the further use of these aircrafts, added the company.

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