In 2008, for the first time, ZALA AERO systems were involved in aerial monitoring of pipelines at hydrocarbon production facilities. In 2014, the first long-term contracts were signed for monitoring services of oil and gas infrastructure.
Summing up 2020, it is important to note that despite the current situation in the world with COVID-19, ZALA AERO was able to complete a full scope of works under the signed contracts with organizations of fuel and energy complex.
In 2020, ZALA AERO carried out more than 32,000 flights at oil production and transportation facilities of Rosneft, Gazprom Neft, LUKOIL, INC, and other fuel and energy companies. The total flight time for the performed aerial monitoring of all objects was 36,000 hours.
In 2020, the full scope of work surveying the gas transportation system of PJSC Gazprom was successfully implemented. During the reporting period, more than 11,500 flights were performed to obtain data on the condition of the main gas pipelines, condensate pipelines, as well as the adjacent infrastructure. The total flight time at Gazprom's facilities was 11,000 hours.
To perform flight tasks, ZALA AERO attracted 90 flight teams, or more than 200 highly qualified specialists: operators of the UAV ground control station, technicians, decoders who were trained in a Licensed Training Center. Training of specialists lasts 1 month, during which students receive theoretical and practical knowledge on the management of unmanned systems at the facilities of oil and gas enterprises. Students are also trained in photo and video processing skills using software based on neural networks and artificial intelligence.
Over the past 16 years, ZALA AERO has become a leader in the production of unmanned aerial systems and the provision of comprehensive remote sensing services for the oil and gas industry. The cooperation of ZALA AERO with organizations of the fuel and energy complex has made a significant contribution to the development and compliance with safety at the production and transportation facilities of oil and gas products and has been noted by positive reviews received from such major organizations as Rosneft, Gazprom, Gazprom Neft, LUKOIL, NOVATEK, and others.