OFFSHORE FLARE INSPECTION ON AN FPSO IN WEST AFRICA
SectorOil Gas & Petrochemical
Cyberhawk was called upon to inspect a flare on an FPSO off the coast of West Africa in April 2017. Critical damage was detected on the flare tip and since then, Cyberhawk has been asked to closely monitor the damage and report back any potential further degradation. The intent was to defer a costly unplanned shutdown until the flare could be safely replaced three months later.
Due to our international track record, Cyberhawk was chosen as the preferred UAV inspection company to provide accurate data on the condition of the flare on a daily basis, for over three months. An experienced team of two from Cyberhawk, including a flare inspection engineer and offshore qualified inspection pilot, was mobilised to undertake the work. Thanks to our CVI (Close Visual Inspection) techniques, Cyberhawk could advise on the level of the critical condition and assist in predicting the damage development, by sizing the cracks on the flare bolts and predicting any potential dropped object risk.
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Traditionally, this inspection would be completed with the use of a helicopter, however, the level of detail obtainable is nowhere near what is achieved with UAV technology. Furthermore, the need for daily monitoring in critical condition scenarios requires fast mobilisation, and maintaining a safe distance from the asset.
Together with the quicker inspection times, reduced cost of inspection and avoidance of unplanned shutdowns, Cyberhawk’s UAV solution has once again demonstrated what a UAV inspection and engineering company can bring to the offshore oil and gas sector.
In 2012, Cyberhawk was selected by oil and gas supermajor, Shell, to carry out a condition based inspection at the Brent Delta platform in the North Sea. This was an ongoing project as part of the decommissioning of the platform that took place in late April 2017. The workscope involved the inspection of the jack up legs and underdeck.