iMPROVING EFFICIENCY AND SAFETY

THE OIL & GAS INDUSTRY

The global demand for energy continues to rise. As such, oil and gas companies  need to improve not only their productivity and efficiency, but also the safety of employees and others in their facilities and the integrity of all assets.

THE CHALLENGE

Oil, gas, and petrochemical companies are expected to experience a significant increase in expenses related to health, safety and environmental regulations. These expenses are expected to rise from $39 billion in 2019 to $56 billion in 2030. This rise is attributed to:

Higher Standards of Safety in Oil and Gas

Constantly monitor vital parameters through AI driven analytics

  • Increasingly tough health and safety legislation in oil and gas facilities require better and more frequent inspection processes and protocols
  • Constant monitoring of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Early detection of gas leaks
  • Frequent inspection of critical equipment detection apparatus

Detect Personal Protective Equipment through Machine Vision

“These disruptive and multipurpose technologies [i.e. robotics] serve the energy sector by delivering safer, cost-effective, and efficient inspection capabilities, emergency response, aerial mapping, project monitoring, security surveillance, environmental monitoring, and many other key industrial applications.”
Journal of Petroleum Technology (JPT), April 2021

Rising Costs for Deployments in High-Risk Facilities

Reduce inspection costs by half through our ATEX certified solution

  • Expenses related to health, safety and environmental regulations are expected to rise from $39 billion in 2019 to $56 billion in 2030
  • Shortage of qualified personnel is creating increased staffing costs
  • High-risk ATEX/IECEx zones add to the complexity and potential dangers of manual inspections by employees

ExR-2: The flagship inspector for ATEX/IECEx Zone 1 areas

Our software solution enables robots to inspect potentially explosive ATEX/IECEx Zone 1 areas

Reuters reported in November 2021 that the European Union (EU) has drafted legislation to reduce methane emissions by forcing oil and gas companies to (1) report their methane emission rates and (2) find and fix leaks of methane. These are concerted efforts by the bloc to tackle the gas that is the second-biggest contributor to climate change.

High proportion of remote facilities

Remotely inspect and monitor offshore facilities with greater ease

  • Cease to worry about inspections required in remote or long-distance locations
  • Manage a mixed fleet of robots through a browser-based interface
  • Control robots remotely through pre-existing internet infrastructure such as private WiFi networks and 3G, 4G and 5G

Fleet management: Monitor the entire fleet and have data available at your fingertips

Control robots through pre-existing internet infrastructure

“The increased demand for remote inspection due to the pandemic has also been supported by a greater enthusiasm within the oil and gas sector to accept the benefits of new technology. For an industry traditionally known for its risk aversion, this represents a significant development in approach. Put bluntly, companies are having to look at new ways of operating and are more receptive to flexible problem solving.”
Energy Voice

Legacy Facilities / Ageing Facilities 

Accelerate digitalisation through autonomous inspections

  • Difficult to transition all existing devices to IoT, given the sheer number of devices
  • Conversely, a single robot can read numerous gauges
  • Robots can cruise through brown-field facilities with relative ease and lack of impediment
  • Increase operational efficiency through predictive maintenance measures

Navigate easily through brownfield infrastructure

A single robot can read numerous devices and inspect every corner of an industrial plant / facility

“There are three main categories of ageing: material degradation, obsolescence and organisational issues. As well as platform structures, pipework, and pressure vessels, ageing can involve control and instrumentation, software, staff demographics, skills, training and competencies.”
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Robotics in Oil & Gas: Challenges & Solutions

Robotics can ensure inspections that are more efficient, logistically practical and cost-effective. Robotic technology has evolved exponentially in recent years, making them progressively smarter, more intuitive and in what they are able to learn. Oil and gas companies benefit enormously by engaging robots in their inspection processes, harnessing robotic capabilities for bespoke solutions suited to their facility needs and specific risk profiles.

Robots should be thought of as collaborative agents embedded with artificial intelligence (AI) and machine vision, helping to make an oil or gas facility safer. They also assist in making a facility more productive, because an autonomously-inspected site minimizes the costly delays that can arise due to the downtimes caused by compromised (and very expensive) assets.

“These disruptive and multipurpose technologies [i.e. robotics] serve the energy sector by delivering safer, cost-effective, and efficient inspection capabilities, emergency response, aerial mapping, project monitoring, security surveillance, environmental monitoring, and many other key industrial applications.”
Journal of Petroleum Technology (JPT), April 2021

Energy Robotics is in the business of providing cutting-edge software that enables robots to undertake intelligent, customized inspections of facilities.Our SaaS solution is revolutionizing how inspections are undertaken at oil and gas facilities worldwide.

We are especially proud of the fact that our software is exclusive to the ExR-1 and ExR-2 robots manufactured by Netherlands-based ExRobotics. Notably, both robots are certified to operate in ATEX Zone 1 areas. This is crucial, as oil and gas facilities often have ATEX Zone 1 areas in which there is a potentially explosive atmosphere consisting of a mixture with air or flammable substances in the form of gas, vapour or mist. Read more.

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An example of a robot that our software supports is the ‘Spot’ robot by Boston Dynamics. Spot is an exceptional robot that can undertake autonomous inspection at an oil or gas facility after having been taught with our ‘teach and repeat’ solution.

How so? A smart robot like Spot can be taught about specific inspection points with our teach-in methodology. Once the ‘lesson’ is locked in, precise gauge detection and value read-outs are now possible at that inspection point.

This teaching methodology can result in eleven measurements in just 14.5 minutes.

A Winning Collaboration: Shell & Energy Robotics

A successful case study in which our software was used on different robots was made possible at the Shell refinery at Pernis in the Rotterdam municipality of the Netherlands.  The sprawling complex is the largest oil refinery in Europe, and one of the largest in the world. Shell had already made use of the EXR-1 robot for ‘sniffing out’ gas leaks, as well as to collect stranded data, such as those from needle gauges and for lubricant levels.

Berry Mulder, Robotics Manager for Shell, has stated how end-to-end data flow is now fully automated at the Shell facility and that the decision was made to engage Spot in the facility to do even more. In Mr Mulder’s words: “The software partner behind it, Energy Robotics, has already provided the cloud, fully integrated into Shell’s cloud.”

The tremendous benefit for any client when using our software is that the onboarding of different robots onto an existing fleet is a smooth, hassle-free process.

Together with Shell at their Pernis facility, we have been able to prove once again that robots enabled with our software results in faster detection and, hence, improved integrity of assets and plant safety.

Our customers in the oil and gas industry:

We at Energy Robotics know how robotics enhanced with our software can greatly transform how oil and gas companies operate. This we have achieved with great success in the industry, offering the following:

Autonomous inspections by leading robotic technology
Robots with intuitive, exponential learning capabilities
Human-free inspections in highly hazardous locations
Customized points-of-inspection solutions
Software solutions that facilitate:
  • data collection from inspection points
  • real-time and cumulative data analytics
  • real-time, data-driven decision-making processes 
  • enhanced predictive capabilities
  • enhanced protection and upkeep of valuable, often very costly and complex assets
  • overall improved plant safety

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Our Stats:

50+

robots deployed in 4 continents

50.000

hours of deployment

40.000

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