Midstream: Reduce Site Risk & Survey Cost
In terms of midstream production, drone technology makes it possible to reduce risks and decrease costs associated with inspection. Performing site surveys without risking employee safety is a significant issue the industry is attempting to mitigate, with hundreds of workplace fatalities and injuries reported each year. Drone data lowers risk by detecting hazardous locations where workers may be during exploration and extraction. The technology can also aid in rescue missions, providing aerial shots of safe escape routes. Thus, drone viewpoints make the industry workplace more unassailable than ever before.
The value of drone technology is emblemized by disaster, sparing resources and lives by removing the need for human labor. While natural disasters can severely damage oil and gas infrastructure, drones can alleviate this; some specialized drones can even detect seismic activity on and around sites.
Accordingly, drone insights can instantaneously alert oil and gas companies to issues, allowing them to respond quickly to mitigate damage. Unlike humans, drones have the ability to withstand extreme temperatures, as well as a variety of weather conditions, and can be controlled in remote locations through rugged terrains allowing them to get much closer to the scene - providing superior data and visuals - and perform tasks that traditional methods would be unable to execute. As a result, drones, when equipped with the right software, cut downtime by catching maintenance issues early on, avoiding the need to shut down operations for inspections, and saving the cost required to do so.
Gas emissions are another massive issue within the industry, causing a great deal of damage to the surrounding environment, immediate individuals’ health, and worsening the current climate crisis, further making drones within this industry a necessity. Already, drones equipped with specific sensors can monitor increases in gas emissions at worksites. While it is challenging to spot emissions over a large worksite area; drone automation can catch and prevent such issues.