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Terra Drone enters joint venture to provide NDT inspection in the Middle East


Tokyo-based Terra Drone Corporation has entered into an investment agreement with NDT Corrosion Control Services Co. (NDTCCS), a Saudi oil and gas inspection firm, to form Terra Drone CCS, a venture that will focus on the Middle East market

NDTCCS has some of the major oil and gas clients such as ADNOC, Saudi Aramco, Kuwait Oil Company, and Oman Oil Company. With NDTCCS branches in Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Kuwait, Oman and Bahrain, Terra Drone CCS will provide UAV inspection and testing services to a variety of sectors, including power lines, utilities, renewables, telecommunications, and oil and gas facilities.

Terra Drone CCS will use Terra Inspectioneering’s technology stack – the newest branch of Terra Drone Corporation that performs visual and ultrasonic inspections using proprietary drone technologies.

L.M. Murugan, group general manager, NDTCCS, said, “Joining forces with Terra Drone will not only add value to our customers, but it would also spark a digital transformation in Saudi Arabia and the GCC.”

“By collaborating both companies’ technical expertise and experience, Terra Drone CCS will become a pioneer of emerging technologies like drones, Internet of Things, data analytics, and artificial intelligence in the region,” he added.

Toru Tokushige, Terra Drone CEO, commented, “Of the many NDT and inspection companies we came across, we were most impressed by the capabilities and track record of NDTCCS. We look forward to bringing our leading technologies such as Terra UTM, Terra Wing, Terra LiDAR, 4G LTE drones, and our proprietary mapping software Terra Mapper to the region.”