Malaysia’s Petronas has partnered with Waygate Technologies Robotics (WTR) to commercialise a robotic inspection device for the oil and gas industry.

The commercial agreement has been signed between Petronas’ technology commercialisation arm, Petronas Technology Ventures (PTVSB), and WTR.

Jointly developed by Petronas and WTR, the robotic inspection solution is based on the BIKE robotic system.

Petronas said that the new device allows improved data management and the inspection of confined or hard-to-reach spaces in onshore and offshore oil and gas facilities.

The enhanced technology features a cleaning tool, and additional ultrasonic and eddy current inspection capabilities.

As per the agreement, Petronas will implement the updated BIKE robot in additional facilities. WTR will be providing training and support services.

WTR visual and robotic inspection solutions executive general manager Michael Domke said: “Our R&D teams have been working closely together to tailor our robotic BIKE platform to their specific challenges.

“The result is a solution that will allow PETRONAS to minimise safety risks for their personnel, as well as the overall downtime of their assets around the globe.”

The two firms are jointly developing two new versions of the robotic tool. This new version will include the BIKE I-Beam to overcome obstacles and edges in restricted spaces, and a micro crawler version to enable the inspection of smaller pipes.

Last year, Petronas announced plans to expand a carbon capture and storage (CCS) project at the Kasawari gas field off the coast of Sarawak, Malaysia.