Autonomous systems are critical to safeguarding the growing portfolio of energy assets at sea.There is a transformation taking place in the US Energy Sector. The United States has just recently evolved from its dependency on foreign sources of energy to being the largest energy “exporter” on the planet. Much of the new energy available comes from under the sea.
Massive reserves of oil and natural gas are being tapped daily using new innovative technologies and the release of new energy land and sea leases for exploration. From the Atlantic to the Pacific Oceans, from the Arctic to the Gulf, the United States is aggressively moving forward in energy exploration and development. Along with this unparalleled energy initiative comes the increased risk of environmental crises through industrial accidents, environmental terrorism, or infrastructure decay and degradation.
The importance of closely maintaining and monitoring seaborne energy infrastructure is more critical than ever. As the recent Deepwater Horizon disaster highlighted, both human and machine breakdowns can quickly escalate from a simple, controllable situation into a full-fledged environmental and human tragedy. ThayerMahan systems are design to assist oil and gas companies in the autonomous monitoring of maritime infrastructure so that disasters can be averted, detected or quickly mitigated. Infrastructure inspection, seabed subsistence monitoring, and autonomous micro-chemical detection systems are available to be inexpensive deployed in these efforts.