Using drone technology
QGC uses remotely piloted small-scale aircraft systems (RPAS) or drones to inspect our gas wells, pipelines and processing facilities in our Surat Basin gas fields. The drones are helping us drive improvements in our safety performance; more efficiently and effectively survey our infrastructure and reduce our footprint on the environment.
QGC implements world-first drone technology to maintain onshore natural gas infrastructure
We use remotely piloted small-scale aircraft systems (RPAS) or drones to inspect our gas wells, pipelines and processing facilities in our gas fields in the Surat Basin. Following the success of drone trials over a few years, we signed a contract with Insitu Pacific, a subsidiary of the Boeing Group.
This partnership provides a first-of-its-kind program in Australia and represents a significant move towards the use of autonomous drones and advanced analytics around broad acre infrastructure operations and maintenance.
How it works
The drones take still images and video of the infrastructure which will help us drive improvements in our safety performance whilst more efficiently and effectively surveying our infrastructure and reducing our footprint on the environment.
The data collected by the RPAS will automatically be processed and analysed in near real-time with actionable information (including equipment check lists and operational status) before being delivered directly to our field operators, supervisors, and management staff in Brisbane.
This project is a global first for Beyond Visual Line of Site (BVLOS) Remotely Piloted Aerial System operations.
Call out quote: The inclusion of Beyond Visual Line of Site (BVLOS) Remotely Piloted Aerial Systems in our overall Smart CSG suite of technology means we will potentially avoid travelling up to 300,000km/year.
QGC implements world-first drone technology to maintain CSG wells
Title: QGC implements world-first drone technology to maintain CSG wells
Duration: 1:36 minutes
Video describes QGC’s use of drones – the largest program of its kind in the world – to more efficiently monitor its network of CSG wells spread across thousands of square kilometres.
Video is vision-based, with background music to establish a sense of freshness and excitement, use of supers to convey key messages, with a single grab from QGC’s Aviation Manager.
Exciting, uplifting, confident, inspiring.
Piano music overlays audio from the intro video sequences.
Accelerated vision of a busy, well-lit cityscape from the air.
Accelerated vision of a crowded city street with people walking.
Smart ideas are critical to feeding the world’s hunger for energy.
Accelerated vision, taken from orbit, of the earth turning. Rotation slows as the vision zooms in, and then stops, on Australia. The continent fills the frame.
Innovation is helping produce large quantities of natural gas in Queensland, Australia.
Aerial footage of a CSG well on a rural property taken from a drone flying overhead.
Panning video (L to R) of the CSG well from the air (drone footage).
Gas from coal seams is sourced from thousands of wells in an area the size of a small country.
Tight shot of QGC technicians preparing drone for launch (pans L to R)
The challenge: how to routinely monitor these wells and the supporting infrastructure.
The drone is launched, taken from directly behind the tech with the remote control (CU of tech’s shoulder)
The answer: remotely piloted small scale aircraft (RPAS) or drones.
Three-quarter view of drone launch from front left.
CU of launch from directly behind.
Audio of launch preparation: chatter from techs.
Mid-range view of launch from behind, with launch tech in far right of frame
Shell’s QGC project is leading this technology in partnership with Boeing.
Drone flying overhead (taken from ground).
It’s the first time these aircraft have been used commercially on this scale.
Sequence of aerial view of the CSG well from drone cameras.
Flying thousands of kilometres and replacing inspections by four-wheel drive.
Drone flying overhead (taken from ground).
Safer than driving and better for the environment.
Richard Eva, QGC, Aviation Manager
We’re really…really just at the start of the RPAS [PRON: ARE-paz] journey.
Drone coming into land – lands on arrestor wire. Techs run in to effect capture.
Drone engines, SFX of feet running on gravel.
Innovation – helping to shape the world’s energy future.
Fades to black then to Shell title page with copyright details.
About to launch the drone
QGC and Insitu contract signing
Ready for launch
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Shell’s QGC business is located in Queensland in Eastern Australia. We are one of Australia’s leading natural gas producers, focused on developing Queensland’s world-class onshore gas reserves.