Oil Gas & Petrochemical

Cyberhawk was tasked by an oil and gas supermajor to conduct an internal and external ground flare inspection – one of many repeat projects on the client’s site. An experienced team of two from Cyberhawk, including a flare inspection engineer and an oil and gas qualified inspection pilot, was mobilised to inspect a 20-metre-high, ground flare.

The inside of the flare is made of refractory tiles that had become detached over time, whilst wind breakers on the top of the flare, used to improve combustion, were damaged. An inspection of this type would normally be completed using a MEWP (Mobile Elevated Working Platform), however due to an increased risk of dropped objects that could cause damage to other assets or personnel, UAVs were deemed the best way to inspect the asset. Furthermore, a UAV would be able to obtain a far more detailed level of information in comparison with traditional inspection methods.

Thanks to our international track record with the oil and gas supermajor, Cyberhawk was chosen to provide accurate data on the condition of the 30-year-old flare. Thanks to a CVI (Close Visual Inspection), Cyberhawk could advise on the critical condition level and assist in predicting the damage development.


While this flare was shutdown, one particularly challenge was another nearby flare, which was live. This meant our pilot had to keep the drone away from the second flare, so the inspection quality or the safety of the asset would not be compromised. Our team had the challenging task of creating a flight plan that would help them gather as much information as possible, whilst avoiding the proximity of the live flare.

Sending teams to the inside of the flare would expose humans to potential gas leaks as well as the risk of dropped objects. With Cyberhawk’s UAV inspection, any gas leak can be detected through specific monitors on the drone, with findings used to notify site management of any potentially dangerous defects to be addressed.

Cyberhawk has once again demonstrated how complex inspection projects can be completed using UAV technology, in a faster time and at a lower cost than traditional methods.


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