NoMan® Wins Again!
August 15th, 2018
EM&I have recently completed a successful NoMan® trial for one of the Super Majors in the North Sea earlier this month.
The increasing number of clients that are using or trialling our remote inspection technology in the North Sea and further afield shows that we are very much on the right track with our robotic and digitised services strategy.
Whilst the NoMan® technology has a much broader spectrum of usages, Cargo Oil and Water Ballast Tank inspections is currently creating much interest, particularly amongst FPSO owners and operators.
The recent trial consisted of a competition comparing NoMan with traditional rope access and UAV (drone) techniques.
The fact that NoMan did not need human entry has impressed the client sufficiently that we have already been asked to deliver a full project in Angola later this year in tanks that are not prepared for human entry and with an inert gas blanket. We are also in discussions with the same client to enter into a significant frame agreement for such services.
This challenge will be met by introducing another EM&I innovation which enables us to introduce the NoMan system through a tank seal similar to the ODIN port, saving the client money and enhancing safety.
We also learned that whilst we completed the work very quickly, the other methods being tested were severely delayed because they required human entry into the tanks but could not do so because of tank cleaning and purging – issues which do not affect NoMan as there is no requirement for human entry.
Neil Woodcock, RGM Europe Africa said, “Our team successfully completed the task safely, to a high standard with a minimal crew of only two people and to the complete satisfaction of the client. I am sure we will see NoMan adopted by other significant world-wide owners and operators of multiple FPSOs”.