UK-based energy industry engineering services company Wood has received funding in Canada under the Newfoundland Offshore Oil and Gas Industry Recovery Fund. and Labrador for an autonomous robotic inspection and maintenance project.
Wood’s proposal for the development of an autonomous robotic inspection service for onshore and surface oil and gas facilities was one of 26 proposals to successfully receive funding under the program. Wood received nearly $3 million from the Fund, which totaled approximately $35.5 million.
The project is focused on supporting onshore and offshore oil and gas infrastructure and the success of this project could result in the deployment of multiple robots and position Wood to support future developments in the province, Wood said.
The robotic inspection offering will create a variety of new technical roles to customize robots and develop inspection software to analyze the visual, thermal, methane and acoustic data they collect, the company said.
According to Wood, the data will allow the team to monitor the health of assets, enabling earlier detection of leaks, corrosion and abnormal vibrations and temperatures, which will enable timely decisions on maintenance and the repairs. This capability will improve safety for offshore personnel, reduce carbon emissions and support low-cost, sustainable operations, Wood said.
Paul Leonard, Wood’s President of Americas Operations, said, “Wood partners with customers to embrace digital solutions to drive innovation and shape the future of our industries. We are thrilled to receive funding from the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador to accelerate our autonomous robotic inspection program and appreciate the opportunity to provide new job opportunities for residents of the province.