HOUSTON/LONDON – Sky-Futures, a provider of drone inspection services for the global oil and gas industry, says it has completed the first ever oil and gas inspection by a drone in the Gulf of Mexico for a leading global oil and gas service and drilling company.
The company says that the inspection is the first ever legally carried out in the Gulf of Mexico by a drone for the oil and gas industry. It comes just over 10 months after Sky-Futures received the 46th Section 333 Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) Exemption Certificate to operate drones in the USA, and opened their first North America office in Houston, Texas.
The inspection scope requested by the client included the Derrick, a heli-deck and 4 cranes on a drillship and was completed in two days. The company says that current inspection methods would have taken 17 days to inspect the same scope of work.
Sky-Futures says it provided an experienced crew consisting of an inspection engineer and remote pilot, who had both completed oil and gas drone inspection training at Sky-Futures specialist training center in the UK.
The company noted that the planning, execution, and work flow was supported by its five years of oil and gas expertise delivering work offshore in the North Sea, offshore Malaysia, and in the Baltic Sea.