UK firm deploys aerial inspection units in Oman
Muscat, April 30, 2012
UK-based Cyberhawk Innovations, a leading provider of aerial inspection services, recently completed two major inspection contracts in Oman using its remotely operated aerial vehicles (ROAVs).
Cyberhawk’s innovative inspection service allowed the liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant and a chemical plant in Oman to remain fully operational during the inspection. For the LNG plant, this meant no interruption to the 34 million cu m of natural gas per day that is then shipped to markets in Japan and Korea.
Cyberhawk uses high definition visual and thermal cameras on a specially designed ROAV in combination with expert engineering analysis to provide plant operators with immediate and authoritative information that they need to determine the efficiency and safety of their plant and equipment.
“The work in Oman has followed hot on the heels of a prestigious inspection contract we completed for a petrochemical giant in Germany,” said Malcolm Connolly, Cyberhawk’s managing director.
“The demand for our innovative services, both in the UK and overseas, has grown rapidly since we developed the technology and gathered the skilled personnel to be able to offer industrial sites the ability to inspect their assets while they are live and so prevent shutdowns and the resultant financial loss.”
“Since we completed the world’s first live flare inspection using a ROAV at St Fergus near Aberdeen in late 2010 we have been extremely busy and we are now starting to export our services as we continue to find opportunities in Continental European and Middle Eastern markets,” he added.
A spokesman for Oman LNG said: “Our plants supply long-term customers in the Far East and our service delivery standards have to be based on the highest level of reliability."
"We brought in Cyberhawk from Scotland as they are able to keep plant fully operational during their inspections and provide enormously detailed analysis on which to make engineering decisions regarding plant maintenance.”
Cyberhawk has recently taken on an extra six full-time staff, and anticipates employing a further 12 skilled pilots and engineers within the next six months to meet demand both in the UK and internationally. – TradeArabia News Service