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Coolest Oil and Gas Industry Vehicles

In today’s modern and technology-driven world, it’s no surprise that we have a great reliance on resources such as oil and gas to power our cars and heat our homes. But how are those resources processed and transported from often harsh and hazardous environments? Luckily that same technology has created some amazing machines to help with those tasks, from aerial drones that gather important data and execute commands remotely to amphibious vehicles capable of traversing across open ocean to reach desolate drilling sites. Here is a list of five of the coolest oil and gas industry vehicles.
 
Unmanned Aerial Vehicle
The global Transas Group based out of Russia produces marine and aviation equipment, like multipurpose unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV). These drones can collect and process information on specific objects, such as monitoring oil and gas fields, in virtually any weather using complex onboard sensors that measure light and radiation. The UAVs can also control the operation of fuel pipes and provide detailed readouts of the data gathered.
 
Unmanned Aerial Vehicle
 
Spider Terrain Dredger
Looking a bit like something out of a Transformers movie, the Spider terrain dredger —from cabling specialist Nexans — is built for leveling the seabed in steep areas with water depths of approximately 1,000 meters. Used at the Ormen Lange natural gas field on the Norwegian continental shelf known for its extreme oceanic conditions, the appropriately named Spider has a unique articulated walking leg system that allows it to function in very uneven sub-sea surfaces. Operators can control the dredger from aboard a support vessel.
 

 
Vibrator
Not what you might be thinking, “vibrators” are vehicles that use seismic vibration to test the structure below the Earth’s crust while prospecting for oil and gas. For example, the American company Lockhart Geophysical have designed the AHV-IV, a two-seater truck that even features comforts like power steering and air conditioning. The latter likely won’t be needed in the Arctic tundra where vibrators are commonly used — four billion tons of the precious resources have been found there in the last decade.
 
Vibrator
 

 
Ariane 5 Rocket
What do rocket ships and the oil and gas industry have in common? In the case of the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Ariane 5 rocket, a special kind of extremely strong and corrosion-resistant titanium named “Ti6-4” used in the construction of the launch vehicles that deliver payloads into orbit. As part of the ESA Technology Transfer Programme, that same titanium will eventually be used in unmanned autonomous underwater vehicles that have to deal with severe conditions during expeditions to offshore drilling sites.
 
Ariane 5 Rocket
 
ARKTOS Craft
Oil and gas exploration missions can prove to be daunting ventures, especially when they involve crossing the transition between ice and water in places like the Arctic Ocean. The 15-meter ARKTOS Craft can carry 52 passengers or 5,000 kilograms of cargo through ice-rubble fields or significant slopes, and up to 10,000 kg of cargo in open water. Available in different sizes, they are also used by the United States Coast Guard for patrol and rescue missions.
 

 

TNphoto Tatsuya Nakagawa
Tatsuya Nakagawa is the VP of Marketing and co-founder of Castagra Products, a storage tank and wastewater coatings manufacturing company that is highly acclaimed for its sustainable coatings, cold weather tank coating applications, and its durable frac tank coatings. Castagra is used by the world’s top oil and gas field services companies.