While Inuktun’s Multi-Mission Modular (IM3™) technology is commonly used during turnarounds in oil refineries and petrochemical plants, our robotic crawler and inspection camera systems really step up to the
plate plant when unplanned shutdowns occur. With at least 25 plants having now shut down or experienced significant production issues due to Hurricane Harvey’s relentless weather and flooding, the resulting concern for conditional assessment of the refineries and petrochemical facilities will only become more critical in the coming days, weeks and months.
When you consider that the storm’s path through the Gulf of Mexico stalled 24% of the area’s production in an area that ships the largest amount of US oil overseas, and up to 40% of the country’s production of petrochemicals went offline, the priority for getting these facilities back online is crucial. Industry leaders like Formosa Plastics Corporation, Occidental Chemical Corporation and ExxonMobil suspended their activities, and the Houston shipping channel was shut down due to Hurricane Harvey. ExxonMobil reported that two of its refineries were damaged at its Baytown petrochemical facility, the second largest refinery in America (producing up to 560,000 barrels of oil per day!). After suffering through Harvey’s extreme rainfall, the floating roofs on the petroleum tanks started sinking resulting in the release of hazardous pollutants around the Houston, Texas area. And, multiple other unplanned emission events at other locations have occurred. An ExxonMobil spokesperson told the Washington Post that the company would assess the situation once the storm declines and it is safe to do so.
Inuktun’s equipment is here to help! With a fleet of magnetic crawlers and pipe inspection vehicles on the ground at the Houston based office, Inuktun InCommand Robotics’ team is available to address operators’ structural integrity assessment in the dangerous areas left by Harvey. Featuring quick to deploy crawlers that are not only cost effective but have a proven track record of being used in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and Ground Zero, our IM3™ technology eliminates the need to setup scaffolding, deploy rope access and confined space crews, allowing operators to maximize their time to get back online as quickly as possible.
Our hearts go out to Texas and the people affected by Hurricane Harvey. Inuktun’s equipment, ideal for emergency response and the reduction of safety risks to both humans and the environment, is available in Houston now. Contact our InCommand office for more information on our robotic crawlers and inspection cameras for the post-storm data collection assessment required for the #TexasStrong efforts ahead.