NUR-SULTAN – Japan-based Terra Drone Corporation’s recent investment in KazUAV means the Kazakh drone company will join a global network of more than 25 companies to provide cutting-edge and cost-effective drone services in Kazakhstan, reports Terra-drone.net.
“With 3 percent of the world’s total oil reserves in Kazakhstan, the production of oil and gas in the country is witnessing a year-on-year increase. As a leading provider of drone-based solutions for the oil and gas industry, the time is ripe for Terra Drone to gain a footing in Central Asia with this investment,” said Terra Drone Corporation Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Toru Tokushige July 18 to Terra-drone.net.
Established in 2016, Terra Drone Corporation leverages advances in unmanned hardware, lidar and photogrammetric surveying methods and drone data processing techniques powered by machine learning and artificial intelligence technologies to provide drone services for oil and gas, utilities, renewables, mining, construction and geographic information system (GIS) sectors throughout Africa, Asia, Europe, Oceania and South America.
Also established in 2016, KazUAV provides mapping and GIS services to construction and agricultural sectors and surveillance drone services to Kazakhstan’s special forces and in emergencies like wildfires and floods. For example, KazUAV mapped six airports in the country over a surveyed area of four million hectares for the International Civil Aviation Organisation.
“The goal to become the top drone company in the world is incredibly complex and ambitious. We are very pleased that, having assessed our results and potential, Terra Drone chose KazUAV as its partner in Kazakhstan. Thanks to this step, all advanced foreign technologies will be available to our customers in surveying, power generation, construction, oil and gas and other areas. Kazakhstan will now become part of the global unmanned aircraft community as one of the youngest but largest markets,” said KazUAV CEO Eugeniy Garkushin.
KazUAV will adopt technologies from the Terra Drone group to provide drone-based services in Kazakhstan, such as power line inspection and vegetation management for the energy sector; open-pit and underground mapping services for the mining sector; and onshore and offshore infrastructure inspections, tanks inspections and nondestructive testing for the oil and gas industry. It will also sell drones and sensors to local customers.