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Cyberhawk zeros in on oil & gas market

21st April 2016 - 11:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Cyberhawk has undertaken a commercial oil and gas inspection for an undisclosed customer in Qatar using its UAS, the company announced on 19 April.

The project saw the UAV carry out an inspection of 136m high operational flares at an onshore oil and gas refinery in March 2016. An exclusive permit for the work was granted by the Qatari authorities. 

Cyberhawk is keen to expand further into the Middle East oil and gas market, where it has been operating since 2012. The company has inspected more than 75 live flares and other oil and gas structures in Saudi Arabia, Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Oman, with its clients including Gasco, Dubai Petroleum, Sabic, PDO, Occidental, Daleel and Oman LNG.

Craig Roberts, CEO, Cyberhawk, said: ‘Historically, the use of UAVs in Qatar for industrial purposes has been prohibited. Our team’s unrivalled experience in the safe use of drones, with more than 13,000 commercial flights successfully completed in more than 20 countries worldwide, meant we had the credibility and competency to successfully gain the necessary permission to operate legally in Qatar. 

‘We are aware of operators without our operational experience and aviation pedigree that have been unable to secure flight permissions to operate in the Middle East, and this latest achievement reinforces our leading position in the industry.’

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