First drone-based gas pipeline surveillance program begins in France

AMAE Group subsidiary AIR MARINE, a French company specializing in aerial data acquisition and processing, will conduct the first drone-based gas pipeline surveillance program in France for GRTgaz, a European natural gas transmission company.

AIR MARINE will lead a monthly drone surveillance of an 80 km stretch of pipeline on the GRTgaz natural gas transport network. The first missions were completed in recent months in southwestern France on hilly terrain. The drone surveillance is now operational and complements the current monitoring system which includes a remote monitoring center, ground-based inspection, and flyovers.

This is the first time that such a program has been instituted since new French drone law came into effect in 2012.

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