Ranging from surveys, material handling, and construction, to inspection, repair, and maintenance, robots have applications across the oil and gas industry in various tasks
Modular and customisable robots’ advancement is expected to result in growing deployment of robotics in the oil and gas industry, says GlobalData.
While robotics has been a part of the oil and gas industry for several decades, growing digitalisation and integration with artificial intelligence (AI), cloud computing, and Internet of Things (IoT), have helped diversify robot use cases within the industry, notes GlobalData’s thematic report, ‘Robotics in Oil & Gas’.
Anson Fernandes, Oil and Gas Analyst at GlobalData, comments: “A huge number of robots are now being deployed in oil and gas operations, including terrestrial crawlers, quadrupeds, aerial drones, autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs), and remotely operated vehicles (ROVs).”
Ranging from surveys, material handling, and construction, to inspection, repair, and maintenance, robots have applications across the oil and gas industry in various tasks. To ease the work and improve efficiency, they can be customised for various tasks. Robots can be deployed to conduct aerial surveys during the planning phases of an oil and gas project, or they can be employed to conduct seismic surveys during exploration. Depending upon the project location and work requirements, aerial or underwater drones can be adopted.
Fernandes continues: “Robotics is a fast-growing industry. According to GlobalData forecasts, it was worth $52.9 billion in 2021 and will reach $568 billion by 2030, recording a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 30%. Robots will be the industry’s growth engine, and the oil and gas sector will greatly benefit from emerging use cases.”
Data analytics and robotics improve insight obtained from surveys and surveillance exercises. This symbiotic relationship between robotics and wider digitalisation technologies is expected to be further evolving through collaborations between technology providers and oil and gas industry players.
Fernandes concludes: “The volume of robotics use cases in the oil and gas industry is expected to grow rapidly, in tow with digitalisation. Industrial robots with analytical support from digital technologies are expected to become the mainstay across the oil and gas industry, especially in the upstream sector, where personnel safety and operational security concerns are heightened.”
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