Robotic Inspection and Maintenance Wood Receives 3-Million-Dollar Funding to Deploy Robots at Canada’s Oil & Gas Assets
Wood has plans to use autonomous robots for the purpose of inspection and maintenance of offshore as well as onshore oil and gas infrastructure assets in the Canadian Province of Newfoundland and Labrador. The move will enable the operators to undertake timely decisions, improve the safety of personnel, and also reduce carbon-emissions.
Scotland/UK – Wood has received funding from the Canadian Province of Newfoundland and Labrador to maximize employment for residents and support the recovery of the offshore oil and gas industry in the area.
The project was secured under the Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Oil and Gas Industry Recovery Assistance Fund and aims to establish an autonomous robotic inspection and maintenance offering in the region.
It is focused on supporting onshore and offshore oil and gas infrastructure assets and the successful completion of this project could result in the deployment of multiple robots and position Wood to support future developments in the province.
The robotic inspection offering will create a variety of new technical roles to customize the robots and develop inspection software to analyze the visual, thermal, methane, and acoustic data they collect. This detailed data will enable the team to monitor the integrity of the assets, allowing for earlier detection of leaks, corrosion, and anomalous vibrations and temperatures, which will provide an opportunity to make timely decisions on maintenance and repairs. This capability will improve the safety of personnel offshore, reduce carbon-emissions, and drive low-cost sustainable operations.
Paul Leonard, Wood’s President for Operations in the Americas, said: “Wood is partnering with clients to adopt digital solutions to drive innovation and shape the future of our industries. We are delighted to receive funding from the Newfoundland and Labrador government to accelerate our autonomous robotic inspection program and value the opportunity to provide new employment prospects to the residents of the province.”
Wood received nearly 3 million dollars of the Fund, which totaled approximately 35.5 million dollars.