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BP North Sea Deploys Mars Technology on Methane Monitoring Project

Gasoil News - Published on Thu, 12 Sep 2019

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BP's North Sea business has successfully executed a groundbreaking pilot project testing innovative ways of remotely monitoring methane emissions on its offshore assets. The pilot, which combined highly advanced sensor technology originally designed by NASA for the Mars Curiosity Rover with a fixed-wing remote piloted air system, or drone, broke the UK's record for the longest commercial drone flight and demonstrates the feasibility of this unique approach to monitoring methane.

The drone circled the Clair platform at a radius of 550 metres for 90 minutes, travelling for a total of more than 185 kilometer, significantly beating the previous record of 100 kilometer. The pre-programmed drone, once airborne, managed itself autonomously. Throughout the flight, the RPAS live-streamed valuable data collected by the methane sensor.

Mr Ariel Flores, North Sea regional president, said that "Improving our knowledge, understanding and performance by testing new technologies and working closely with suppliers is central to the North Sea's carbon reduction plan, which aims to limit greenhouse emissions in our North Sea business. This pilot project represents a significant step forward in our ability to do that."

Following the successful results, the specialist drone will be deployed to all of BP's North Sea assets in 2020, including ETAP and Glen Lyon.

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Thu, 12 Sep 2019
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