General – drone services
Nordic Unmanned has been awarded a contract with Equinor for offshore drone services on the Norwegian Continental Shelf.
Fully utilized, the contract value is EUR 2.7 million including options over the next 12 months with immediate start-up 3 January 2022.
The award represents one of the largest drone logistics contracts awarded in the European market and is the largest and most ambitious drone logistics award in the offshore energy industry.
The award follows on from the August 2020 flight conducted for Equinor, when Nordic Unmanned made drone history by performing cargo delivery from shore to the Troll A platform, as well as a comprehensive study performed during 2021, as announced to the market on January 21st, 2021.
Following a successful initial onshore preparation and flight period in the first and second quarters, it is expected that the offshore demonstration period will be initiated in the third quarter of 2022 with anticipated completion in the fourth quarter.
The offshore scope involves cargo flights between a supply base and the Gullfaks field, located 170 km offshore, as well as establishing daily flights within 30 km between offshore installations and vessels in the Tampen area. The project includes usage of autonomous take-off and landing systems and integration into the Avinor-provided unmanned traffic management (UTM) system.
In addition to conducting daily multipoint cargo deliveries, Nordic Unmanned will demonstrate search and rescue capabilities, inspection services and deployment of subsea unmanned intervention device (UID).
Flights will be conducted with Nordic Unmanned’s newest Schiebel Camcopter S-100 and Nordic Unmanned’s proprietary Staaker BG-class drones with dual delivery winch systems.