Japan-based Terra Drone Corporation has expanded its global footprint with expansion into North America.
The firm is partnering with US-based Ventus Geospatial, a provider of oil and gas inspection solutions and mapping services to form Terra Drone Ventus.
Through its three North American branches in Houston, Texas, Calgary, Alberta and Lethbridge, Alberta, Terra Drone Ventus will provide inspection and survey solutions in sectors like oil and gas, power, renewables, mining and many more.
The new organisation will offer beyond visual line of sight BVLOS inspection services using Terra Drone group company, C-Astral’s high-endurance drones.
Explaining the motivation behind partnering with Ventus Geospatial, Terra Drone CEO Toru Tokushige said: “As the world leader in oil production, the United States is a lucrative market for Terra Drone’s international business expansion. The oil production in Texas is topped only by Russia and Saudi Arabia. So, the demand for inspection of oil and gas facilities is also quite high here.”
He added: “Moreover, the US is the second-largest producer of wind energy in the world. Texas leads the country in wind power capacity as well. This is again a lucrative market for us.”
With eight years of experience in the oil and gas sector, Ventus has flown and operated thousands of airborne missions without incident and worked with more than 200 clients, including Exxon and TC Energy.
It was also the first company in North America to obtain permission to fly BVLOS drone missions.
Paul Mitcham, Chairman, Terra Drone Ventus, said: “Implementing new technologies from Terra Drone Group and leveraging their expertise will allow us to increase the capacity of our inspection solutions significantly.”