Unmanned drones used in North Sea oil search

REMOTE-CONTROLLED drone aircraft are being used to search for new and undiscovered oil reserves in the North Sea for the first time, it has been revealed.

Underwater remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) have been a vital part of Britain’s oil industry for decades, but now remotely-operated flying machines are being deployed in the hunt for new oil reserves.

The drones are being used to study geology from the air in a scheme involving academics at Aberdeen University along with a group at the University of Bergen in Norway.

The drones are being used to scan rock formations in remote areas to help oil industry geologists better understand what lies beneath the surface and improve the industry’s understanding of subsurface reservoirs.

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