The boss of Terra Drone Indonesia, part of the Terra Drone Corporation based in Japan, believes there is a significant opportunity for the firm to apply its experience from the Asian inspection market in Europe.
Terra Drone Indonesia has been conducting visual and thermal inspection of the onshore flare stack for an energy company, Chevron (PT Chevron Pacific Indonesia) in Indonesia.
The inspection is carried out in the Duri area, one of the largest production fields in the Rokan PSC, Sumatra, Indonesia. Using a multirotor drone equipped with high-resolution RGB and thermal cameras, Terra Drone inspects multiple flare stacks in a way that is more effective, faster and safer than conventional visual inspection methods.
“In the future, we see a large potential in the European market to implement our technology and experiences we have earned in Asia,” said Toru Tokushige, CEO of Terra Drone Corporation.
“There are many benefits and applications of drones that will attract oil and gas companies to adapt them in their daily operations.”
Previously, Chevron had conducted a visual inspection of the flare stack which was still operating using binoculars. This method makes it impossible for oil and gas companies to examine assets at close range, to get a detailed picture of the condition of the flare stack. Meanwhile, Terra Drone’s inspection drone is able to take photos of excellent quality and clarity to enable inspectors to accurately assess the condition of the Flare Stack.
Furthermore, the radiometric thermal camera mounted on the drone can study performance and function and identify temperature anomalies on the flare stack. With these data sets, comprehensive direct contactless flare stack inspection reports can be generated as recommended and can be provided to the operator.
The use of drone technology in the oil and gas industry is not new and its applications have been widely introduced worldwide by Terra Drone. Experience provides services by applying UAV technology in many areas such as vertical structure inspection, storage tank inspection, pipeline surveillance, asset and facility inventory survey, and gas leak detection using state-of-the-art sensors.