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Oil theft: Reactions trail plan to use drones


nnpc gmd, Ibe Kachikwu


The plan by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation to deploy unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), commonly known as drones or remotely piloted aircrafts (RPAs) is attracting a lot of reactions from across Nigeria.

Drones are aircraft without a human pilot aboard. According to the online resource directory, Wikipedia, its flights are controlled either autonomously by onboard computers or by the remote control of a pilot on the ground or in another vehicle.

In Nigeria, the oil theft challenge has assumed such gargantuan proportions that almost on a daily basis, new solutions are being sought to address the problem.

Analysts say this new solution could help in a considerable way if there is both the will and way to implement it, particularly when there is considerable evidence the world over that drones have for a long time now been used in the areas of maritime patrol as well as oi and gas operations.

Wikipedia sheds more light on the phenomenon:

‘The typical launch and recovery method of an unmanned aircraft is by the function of an automatic system or an external operator on the ground. Historically, UAVs were simple remotely piloted aircraft, but autonomous control is increasingly being employed.

They are usually deployed for military and special operation applications, but also used in a growing number of civil applications, such as policing and firefighting, and nonmilitary security work, such as inspection of power or pipelines. UAVs are often preferred for missions that are too “dull, dirty or dangerous” for manned aircraft.’

Some of the countrie that presently use drones for different types of applications are Canada, Poland, the United Kingdom, the United States, Australia, France, India, the Republic of Ireland and South Africa.



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