One of the most complex environments to work in is a refinery. This is mainly because of the vast number of dangerous chemicals being used to turn crude oil into other products. The process of refining is accomplished using extreme heat and temperatures that can also create further hazard to the worker.
Plant health can be quantified by how much coke is produced on a daily basis. A refinery coker usually produces coke every 18-36 hours with coke being deposited into large piles awaiting transfer by rail. Bean counters can utilize volumetric data to analyze how much coke was produced and compare it to how much was expected. This can also indicate how well the refining process is running.
Many types of inspections can be accomplished on storage tanks to include: dike loss-of-containment analysis, atmospheric, visual, thermal, floating roof seal/drainage, and non-destructive testing. Each one of these inspection techniques can save literally thousands of dollars by eliminating the need for a man lift or scaffolding required for difficult access areas.
By definition, a flare stack is hot and usually a very tall vertical structure, thus, making it a difficult asset to manage. Areas of importance include the importance of a well-working flame as it is important to both the environment and cost of operations. Thermal imaging helps differentiate the heat signature of the flame from the background and allow for quick spot checks to ensure the flame is burning efficiently.
Optical Gas Detection
The OGI capability brings together the very latest in optical gas detection and visualization of methane, propane, butane and many other hydrocarbon gas leaks. These cameras have features such as: gas enhancement mode, LAP, CLAHE, FFC, image capture, video recordings and more.
Emergency response at a refinery consists of a hazmat, rescue and fire capability that can be streamlined into a comprehensive real-time fusion of valuable aerial data during an incident. Within minutes of an explosion, fire, or even a loss of containment, first responders, incident commanders and even top executives can have eyes on the situation with full over watch capability.
Skyline Drones has relevant industry experience stemming from aerial operations and training with O&G clients to include Phillips66, CHS, Anadarko, Chalmette, Valero, Citgo, and LyondellBassell.
This picture shows two coker units from a hundred feet above the derricks and shows the enormity of these structures sometimes stretching as high as 400 feet above the ground