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 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.”
Measuring methane emissions from oil and gas platforms in the North Sea is extremely challenging.
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.
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.