Taurob winning Total’s ARGOS Challenge laid the foundation for the Offshore Ground Robot Industrial Pilot (OGRIP) project. This project, together with Total E&P UK and the Oil and Gas Technology Centre (OGTC) in Aberdeen, aimed to further progress the Technology Readiness Level (TRL) of the ARGOS Challenge outcome. After a two year project period, Taurob Technologies could hand over their Taurob Inspector to the Total Operations Team at the Shetland Gas Plant. This natural-gas processing plant in the Scottish Shetland Islands will therefore employ the first autonomous robots for inspection and surveying tasks. The robot will work in an operational environment for a 12-month pilot.
In parallel a Joint Industry Project (JIP) was started with Total and Norwegian multinational energy company Equinor. The OGTC again co-funds the project. As a subcontractor for battery development, the French company Saft Batteries is developing a new ATEX certified battery that allows for longer mission times and reduced charging, increasing the overall availability of the robot.
Over the past decade, Taurob Technologies has continuously grown and presently employs 18 employees at its premises in the 23rd district of Vienna, Austria. In April 2019, Taurob was able to seal a cooperation agreement with Dietsmann, a leading industrial Operation & Maintenance specialist with a strong position in the energy industries.