In the oil and gas sector, underwater pipeline needs to be monitored and inspected on a regular basis.
And with pipeline made prior to the very early 1970s now classified as aged/old, the regular inspection of these types of pipeline are more important than ever before.
External corrosion of underwater pipeline can be common (especially on pre 1970’s pipeline which lacks the same level of protective coating as more modern pipeline) and with a real risk of pipeline leaks, if left unchecked, can potentially cause significant offshore disaster situations.
This is why the constant and regular inspection of oil and gas pipelines is so important. Using ROV underwater drones to inspect pipe condition can offer an early warning advantage which could save considerably on future repair and maintenance costs, not to mention the environmental impact.