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Upgraded Drones by ZALA AERO to Be Used at Samotlor Field

Upgraded Drones by ZALA AERO to Be Used at Samotlor Field

ZALA 421-16E HD fixed-wing unmanned aerial vehicles by ZALA AERO, member of Kalashnikov Group, will be used for monitoring of pipelines at the Samotlor field and the Northern group of fields developed by Samotlorneftegaz JSC.

The work will start in January 2022 and continue through 2024. The priority tasks include urgent evaluation of pipelines and detection of wrongdoing by third parties.

The ZALA 421-16E HD is capable of transmitting video in HD and Full HD, providing services in charge with real-time visual information about the field. Purpose-designed software allows automatic recording of terrain changes at different time intervals.

The Samotlor field in Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Area is the largest field in Russia and one of the largest in the world.

Russia's first use of UAV's in the industry took place at this field, as the first trials of ZALA 421-04 UAV by ZALA AERO to control pipeline routes and power lines began in 2011.

ZALA's flight crews started industrial application of the UAVs at the field in 2014. Together with the employees of Samotlorneftegaz JSC, the company's personnel developed a system of round-the-clock monitoring of oil and gas extraction and transportation facilities using UAVs. The system proved effective and is still used today.

A special takeoff pad was arranged at the field to operate the ZALA UAVs, as well as a command and control center, a flight control center and a data transfer center. An auxiliary mobile group was organized to take images of remote objects in the Northern section of the Samotlor field.

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