Drones deployed to inspect Eni rigs

Sky Futures, a UK-based drone operator, has won a three-year contract to inspect the rigs owned by Italian energy giant Eni. Sky Futures is also in discussions with other oil producers to tie up similar deals.

Eni and Sky Futures say they expect airborne analysis and visualisation technology will help improve safety by forecasting issues before they occur. Eni suffered from two separate rig accidents last year, resulting in one death and six injuries.

Sky Futures maintains its drones can capture all relevant information about a rig in as little as five days, something humans can take up to eight weeks gathering.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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