Aerospace industry supplier SABCA and DEME Offshore have entered into a partnership for the development and deployment of Unmanned Vehicles to perform surveillance and inspection works in the offshore industry.
Neptune new blade rack, courtesy of DEME Group
The two companies believe that the combination of their respective advanced technologies can offer a game-changing potential to increase health and safety of their employees, lower the impact on the environment in the O&M phases of offshore projects, and reduce overall costs. Moreover, in the future, it is expected that unmanned vehicles will continue to contribute significantly to lower the Levelized Cost of Energy.
“The DEME/SABCA partnership is a powerful combination, which is perfectly in line with our permanent search for strong technology partners” said Thibauld Jongen, CEO of the SABCA Group. “DEME’s understanding of marine technology and engineering expertise is uniquely complementary to SABCA’s drone developments for industrial applications in accordance with the highest safety and security aerospace standards. We believe this partnership helps to generate leading technology products and services for the offshore industry”.
Luc Vandenbulcke, CEO of DEME, added that adding drone services can provide detailed and highly accurate inspection data, while further increasing safety and reducing downtime and costs. More accurate data results in shorter response times, better availability and a higher electricity output. Also, as offshore wind turbines are getting bigger, the industry needs maintenance partners that can follow this trend.