PETRONAS has announced that its technology subsidiary, PETRONAS Technology Ventures Sdn Bhd (PTVSB), has cooperated in partnership with Waygate Technologies Robotics AG (WTR) to commercialize a jointly developed robotic inspection device and widen its utilization in the oil and gas industry.
The device is able to improve the management of data and inspect the restricted or hard-to-reach spaces in oil and gas facilities either onshore or offshore. This cutting-edge technology includes additional ultrasonic and eddy current inspection capabilities as well as a cleaning tool.
The commercial agreement was signed recently on the sidelines of the Offshore Technology Conference Asia 2022 (OTC Asia 2022) by PTVSB Chief Executive Officer, Mahpuzah Abai and WTR CEO, Ekkehard Zwicker.
According to the agreement, the updated BIKE robot in more facilities will be deployed by PETRONAS, as comprehensive training and support services will be provided by WTR.
Mahpuzah said, “PETRONAS is pleased to join forces with the Robotics team at WTR for their vast experience and patents in mobile robots and inspection technologies. Coupled with the vision and capability of our R&D team, we could create solutions that would benefit our inspection and maintenance operations, as well as streamline our asset management. We also look forward to offering these solutions to other companies in the future.”
WTR Executive General Manager of Visual & Robotic Inspection Solutions, Michael Domke said, “PETRONAS has been a valued customer of our nondestructive testing (NDT) solutions for years and we are thrilled to now also be able to help advance their remote inspection and cleaning procedures.
“Our R&D teams have been working closely together to tailor our robotic BIKE platform to their specific challenges. The result is a solution that will allow PETRONAS to minimise safety risks for their personnel as well as the overall downtime of their assets around the globe,” he added.