UAVs Flare Stack & Tip Inspections

UAV capabilities are an essential value-add to our core business as they provide a safe and efficient means of inspecting live equipment. They can also be utilised as a screening tool to build targeted inspection or maintenance campaigns negating the need for expensive outages and shutdowns.

The total cost of a recent UAV Project for Woodside Energy Limited was estimated by the client to be less than 1% of the cost associated with a full stop in production using traditional access/inspection methods.

UAVs are used successfully as a method of access for major clients across the Australasia region and provide an innovative solution to otherwise extremely complex or dangerous tasks.

Vertech recently successfully completed close visual inspection (CVI) and thermal inspection of the Flare stack at Pluto LNG Park, a Woodside Energy Limited facility with a fully-integrated two-man team consisting of a CASA trained pilot and a CASA qualified AICIP inspector. In a very efficient and safe manner, the team were able to utilise the AICIP in-service inspection skill set to target areas for remedial works and feed back to the client in post-inspection reporting.

This process included applying to the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) for the necessary approvals for flying over a restricted air zone in both day and night conditions followed by a five day execution phase inspecting the Pluto Flare Towers.

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