GAZPROM NEFT TEST UNMANED CARGO HELICOPTER IN SIBERIAN ARCTIC
An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV or drone) designed to deliver heavy and oversized cargo under Arctic conditions has, for the first time in Russia, been tested at the Vostochno-Messoyakhskoye oil and gas condensate field (Gydan Peninsula, Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug), with an unmanned Tiber KAGU-150 successfully completing several flights and delivering materials and equipment to the field. The objective of this test was to confirm the potential for unmanned technologies to deliver critical necessities to standalone northern fields. The project was undertaken by specialists from Gazpromneft-Snabzheniye, representatives from Russian drone and unmanned-systems producer Tiber LLC, and employees at Messoyakhaneftegaz.
The UAV, controlled from the company’s logistics base in the Tazovsky settlement, successfully completed a 130-kilometre route, delivering 150-kilogramme load to the field. The drone has demonstrated high technical capabilities under Arctic conditions. A second round of testing is planned at the Vostochno-Messoyakhskoye field in December 2020, with drone developers and oil-industry specialists all keen to test it under Arctic winter conditions.
Deploying unmanned technologies as part of its logistics processes at northern fields is a key objective for Gazprom Neft, with the company delivering hundreds of thousands of tonnes of engineering and drilling equipment, construction materials, and the essentials critical to maintaining oil production centres, to standalone oilfields by road and air every year. Using UAVs opens up major opportunities for oil workers in delivering essential resources to fields safely, and fast.
The testing of the Tiber helicopter represents the third series of such tests on unmanned logistics technologies conducted at Gazprom Neft production assets in 2020 — the company having previously tested automated land freight transport in Yamal and Yugra. Based on the outcomes of tests undertaken, Gazprom Neft plans to accelerate the process of deploying unmanned solutions throughout its logistics processes, and will continue to take an active role in developing regulation governing the use of unmanned transport at Russian oilfields.
(Source and image: Gazprom Neft)
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