Schiebel conducted trials of its Camcopter S-100 Unmanned Air System (UAS) for a European oil and gas corporation in Rivers State, Nigeria, from 27 to 30 January 2019.
The international oil and gas industry has shown increasing interest in employing UAS to effectively monitor and control oil and gas infrastructure, both onshore and offshore.
Therefore, the latest flight trials with the Camcopter S-100 around the coast of Rivers State were designed to further investigate the implementation and potential advantages of UAS technology.
Representatives of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, the Nigerian Air Force, the Nigerian Navy, the Nigerian Army, Kongsberg Geospatial and local UAS service provider Aerial Robotix, among others, attended the event.
The Vertical Takeoff and Landing (VTOL) Camcopter S-100 UAS is suitable for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) missions in an oil and gas production environment.
The S-100 successfully completed a number of day and night flights monitoring pipeline Rights-of-Way (ROW), inspecting oil and gas wellheads/facilities and performing first-line maintenance checks, including detection of leaks and fluid levels of storage tanks.
The CAMCOPTER was also able to detect various third party illegal activities on the client’s pipeline ROW. Kongsberg Geospatial’s IRIS UAS situational awareness application supported the safe conduct of this Beyond Visual Line Of Sight (BVLOS) operation.