Oil and gas field engineering services provider SeekOps and UK-based unmanned aircraft company Flylogix have signed a partnership to provide ‘offshore remote methane sensing and data interpretation’ in the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS).
The partnership will combine Flylogix’s unmanned aircraft with SeekOps’ gas detection sensors to localise and quantify emissions, providing offshore beyond visual line-of-sight emissions measurement surveys.
Oil and gas firms are seeking to monitor, assess and reduce their offshore emissions in order to comply with regulatory requirements and net-zero goals.
Flylogix already provides remote operations and ‘stand-off sensing’ to companies such as BP, Total, and Chrysaor. Partnership with SeekOps further accelerates these services of Flylogix.
Flylogix executive chairman Charles Tavner said: “This partnership between Flylogix and SeekOps is fantastic news as we continue to pioneer the use of full-service, over-horizon unmanned aviation in support of the energy industry.
“Integrating SeekOps’ world-class methane sensor with our UAVs offers energy companies the opportunity to transform how they conduct emissions monitoring in remote locations and realise significant benefits to cost, safety and the environment.”
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Measuring methane emissions from oil and gas platforms in the North Sea is extremely challenging.
SeekOps and Flylogix are developing a ‘unique approach’ to tackle this situation.
According to SeekOps, the partners plan an arrangement that allows them to fly routinely and deliver an efficient solution for methane detection with a low impact on the environment.
SeekOps senior vice-president Andrew Aubrey said: “We recognise the position that Flylogix has secured as a leader in beyond visual line of sight flight operations offshore in the United Kingdom.
“SeekOps is excited to expand our applications in partnership with Flylogix to satisfy the needs for offshore emissions measurement using our ultra-sensitive gas sensors and actionable analytics.”
In September last year, Flylogix partnered with Total, air traffic navigation services provider NATS, and the Oil & Gas Technology Centre (OGTC) to launch a North Sea drone initiative.