Wood Group unveils new wear-able camera for oil and gas RMI work

Erskine oil field
Erskine oil field

Wood – the oil-to-wind power services conglomerate –  has developed new camera technology that can stream video and store data from remote work locations including offshore in partnership with Canadian technology company Librestream.

The ‘onsight cube’ is a rugged camera that can be worn on a helmet, chest mount or a mono-pod to access high or difficult-to-reach areas and connects wirelessly via a telecoms tech-link to a handset.

This allows decision-makers to review current status, issues and collaborate on resolutions which will improve the quality and speed of problem solving, reducing overall job turnaround time and avoiding the unnecessary mobilisation of people to remote locations.

Dave Stewart, global head of asset solutions at the Aberdeen-based provider, said: “Designed with a protective casing to withstand industrial applications, the technology comprises a thermal camera, onboard secure storage and can operate in harsh environments including from -20 to +55°.”

Meanwhile North Sea operator Serica Energy has confirmed its Erskine field will not be able to resume production until Sept 2018 after attempts to clear a blocked pipeline in the Lomond to Every field failed.

Production has been halted since January this year but the field operator Chrysaor has not been able to clear the blockage, believed to caused by a build-up of wax.

Work on installing a replacement 15-mile pipeline is scheduled to start in August.

25 Apr 2018

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