Oil firm Messoyahaneftegaz has successfully carried out UAV testing to obtain information on the status of its pipelines.
A joint venture between Rosneft and Gazprom, the company operates out of North Russia in the West Siberian Basin.
The UAVs will also be used to allow specialists leading the development of the polar field, to quickly gather information on the condition of its onshore production infrastructure in hard-to-reach areas of the license area.
Data of aerial photography, video monitoring and 3D-visualization of objects will be used in the work in an aim to increase safety and economic efficiency of the oil and gas condensate field in autonomous and harsh arctic climate.
The drones will additionally help oilmen to strengthen environmental control at production facilities.
Pavel Zakurdaev, chief specialist of the Pipeline Operation Department, said: “The task of pilot tests of unmanned aerial vehicles at the East Messoyakhsky field is to confirm the declared technical characteristics of the monitoring system of the objects.
He added: “We checked the accuracy of visual control, the ability of UAVs to remotely locate equipment damage. According to the results, it was decided to use unmanned aerial vehicles on Messoyakha.”
UAVs will subsequently appear in the service of the oilmen of Russia’s northernmost mainland field in 2019.