Skyports Drone Services partners with Equinor
Skyports Drone Services, which specialises in drone logistics, survey and monitoring operations, and the Norwegian energy firm Equinor have partnered to trial electric drone deliveries to oil installations in the North Sea. The project aims to demonstrate how on-demand cargo drone services can solve logistical challenges and improve safety and sustainability in the offshore environment.
The two-month flight programme, launched in early September, marks the first time that daily, on-demand drone services offshore have been piloted from shore.
The highly automated cargo drone, from Swoop Aero, flies distances of up to 114 km, operating cargo deliveries between Equinor’s processing centre site in Mongstad on the west coast of Norway and three installations in the Gullfaks oil field in the North Sea, as well as intra-installation flights. (cj)