Drones in the oil and gas industry of Ukraine

September 28, 2023
Дрони в нафтогазовій галузі України
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New technologies to serve the oil and gas industry, drones from DroneUA for detecting methane leaks are presented in Ukraine

Methane leaks in the gas industry pose a serious danger to the environment; these are risks for both enterprise personnel and infrastructure. Ensuring the safety of oil and gas pipelines, tanks or infrastructure facilities is one of the most costly items in production and transportation structures. With the help of drone technology and the ability to remotely detect gas leaks, work can be done more efficiently with less cost and risk for company employees.


For remote detection of methane leaks, the laser spectroscopy method is used using sensors installed on drones. Data received from laser sensors is combined with flight data from an unmanned vehicle and information received from visual sensors. As a result, the drone can detect gas leaks at a distance of up to 100 meters in concentrations above the level of 5ppm (parts per million).

The drone allows you to explore a potentially dangerous object at a distance of up to several kilometers from the operator


Gas leak detection is critical for the entire vertical of oil and gas enterprises. The use of sensors in combination with data from drone flight controllers allows you to quickly respond to identified problems and allows you to coordinate the work of other services, which is especially important both during emergencies and routine inspections.

Both in the case of high-pressure gas pipelines and low-pressure gas transmission networks, the use of drones can improve the efficiency and quality of personnel work.

First flights

Presentation of DroneUA technologies and demonstration flights of flight crews were carried out at the annual conference of the Naftogaz group of companies, “Occupational Health, Environmental and Industrial Safety.”

Joint Stock Company "National Joint Stock Company "Naftogaz of Ukraine" is a leading enterprise in the fuel and energy complex, one of the largest companies in Ukraine.

Company “Naftogaz of Ukraine” is a vertically integrated oil and gas company that carries out a full cycle of operations for exploration and development of fields, production and exploratory drilling, transportation and storage of oil and gas, supply of natural and liquefied gas to consumers. Over 90% of oil and gas in Ukraine is produced by the Company's enterprises.

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DroneUA is an international system integrator of unmanned solutions and robotics.

On the market of Ukraine and Eastern Europe, the DroneUA group of companies is the largest importer and distributor of leading drone manufacturers in the world and represents technological solutions from the brands XAG, EcoFlow, Pix4D, Parrot, Chasing, DroneDeploy, AgroCares and others.

The group of companies has its own engineering, production and service divisions, as well as an open data processing center. Technological solutions presented by DroneUA are used on more than 4 million hectares of cultivated areas of Ukraine. According to the results of the 2021 and 2022 agricultural seasons, more than 2.2 million hectares were protected with drone sprayers from DroneUA.

DroneUA is among the top three most innovative businesses in the agricultural sector of Ukraine according to FORBES and among the twenty most innovative enterprises of Ukraine.

The group of companies continues to expand the list of technological brands that it presents on the Ukrainian market, and is active in agriculture, the oil and gas industry, as well as in the fields of energy, geodesy and topography.

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