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Offshore Work Class Robots

Project Summary

The project will develop the world’s first Offshore Work Class Robot (OWCR) for the Oil & Gas industry, advancing the previously funded Offshore Ground Robot Industrial Pilot (OGRIP) prototype, developed in partnership with Total, Equinor, Petrobras & Taurob.
OGRIP was primarily a surveillance vehicle, this project will extend the performance of the OGRIP robot through the addition of active manipulation.
This project will develop a robot that can operate in ATEX environments for prolonged periods of time (up to 12 months) without human intervention, fundamentally underpining the concept of remote operations and co-working robots.


Due to the novel and emerging nature of this technology the value target or project return, remains difficult to estimate, primarily due to the complex nature of where robotic technologies could support autonomous inspection and remote operations. The value generation expected from a one-time technology deployment is in the region of £275K for brownfield intervention task with a further £9.74M anticipated annually based on inspection activities for approx. 20 platforms and £55M saving on capex for new build NUI platforms.

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