FOR REMOTE UNMANNED FACILITIES
Oil and Gas companies are increasingly moving towards normally or minimally unmanned facilities to cut development and operating costs. Sometimes these facilities are very remote (e.g. North West Shelf off Australia), harsh (e.g. the Empty Quarter in Saudi Arabia), or hazardous (e.g. the Caspian oil fields in Kazakhstan). Fixed instruments can’t be installed to cover all eventualities. In these situations a robot can act as the eyes, ears and nose of a human driver that is located in a comfortable control room many (sometimes thousands) kilometres away. The robot can quickly diagnose issues. Sometimes this can mean a process can be re-started immediately saving lost production. Sometimes it can assess a situation so that when the human operators arrive they’re prepared with the right equipment and plans.
The Co-Operator is kept permanently on location on its docking station which continuously charges its batteries. It’s usually driven by a plant operator from a control room although some customers allow their supervisors to drive the robot from their home. It acts as the eyes, ears and nose of the driver. It’s particularly valuable for hazardous and harsh environments such as hot deserts, arctic conditions and/or hydrogen sulphide contaminated fields. Also it speeds response times for remote, normally unmanned facilities.