Equinor and Nordic Unmanned launch the world’s first offshore logistics operations using drones. -sUAS News

Sandnes – Nordic Unmanned has received a calloff for the next phase of the drone offshore logistics contract with Equinor. Offshore operations will begin at the Gullfaks C Offshore facility in the North Sea and will begin on August 15. This operation marks a new milestone for the drone industry and Equinor as the first operator to use drones for offshore logistics services.

The start of offshore operations is the result of a three-week onshore testing phase.
The Nordic Unmanned team has confirmed that the offshore logistics service is ready. The team worked closely with Equinor to conduct several groundbreaking trials and demonstrations of drone logistics services.

“We have gradually increased operational complexity through a step-by-step approach that maps risk, maturity, and complexity. Working with Equinor to push the boundaries of what drones can do with offshore logistics and make them more sustainable. We offer a scalable and cost-effective solution at Nordic Unmanned, which has proven its capabilities and is ready to offer offshore drone logistics as a standardized service, “said Knut Roar Wiig, CEO of Nordic Unmanned. I am saying.

The onshore and offshore testing phases are part of the offshore drone service agreement between Equinor and Nordic Unmanned. The contract, awarded in December 2021, is the largest and most ambitious drone logistics contract in Europe and the offshore energy industry. The range includes multiple daily cargo flights between facilities in the Gullfaks oil field and multiple daily cargo flights between offshore facilities and vessels in the Tampen area.

In the first phase of offshore testing at the Gullfaks oil field, Nordic Unmanned makes multiple daily flights between installations and from installation to ship. Drones fly goods between Galfax A, B, C, and to vessels in the area. This will significantly improve the efficiency of offshore logistics, reduce emissions and move the industry towards a more sustainable future.

“We are excited about the results of the project’s onshore phase and are now eager to start the offshore part of the project. The support from Equinor and the willingness to move the industry forward is the drone’s offshore logistics service. It’s essential to develop. It’s great to see how technology can be leveraged to increase efficiency, achieve a higher level of autonomy, and prove the scalability of offshore drone logistics as a service. One is to use drones to efficiently transport hazardous materials between offshore facilities and ships. This is one of many examples of mature solutions to support the offshore industry. That’s what Pål Kristensen, Vice President of Logistics at Nordic Unmanned, said.

For operations, Nordic Unmanned will use EASALUC (Light UAS Operator Certificate) to self-approve operations and work closely with partners Airbus DeckFinder, Schiebel, Planck, TAU Autonomy Center, Stavanger Airport, Avinor, CAA Norway and Norwegian. It became possible with. Communication station (NKOM).

About Scandinavian unmanned

Nordic Unmanned is a world leader in high-end products and services related to drones and data capture. Nordic Unmanned supports large government and industry clients in adapting unmanned systems and services through global operational experience and industry-leading expertise.

Founded in 2014, the group has offices in Sandnes, Oslo, Molde, Hasselt (BE), Odense (DK), Cranfield (UK) and Arnsberg (GER) and is one of Europe’s leading unmanned systems and services. Became one of the providers. Operation of the entire continent. This group is ISO9001-2015 certified and certified for the operation, maintenance, sales, design, development and manufacturing of unmanned systems and sensor technologies. And sensor technology. Production is also AS9100 certified.

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