Every year as many as 25 people in Ireland and the UK lose their lives working in confined spaces. There are inherent risks to entering a confined space and although safety regulations and industry standards are stringent, accidents occur due to human error and failure of safety devices.
Newry based Re-Gen Robotics is to invest £1 million in an additional Zone 0, explosion proof, tank cleaning robot and an ADR certified jet/vac tanker, in order to keep up with demand for its services. This marks its second tranche of investment.
The firm, which specialises in remotely controlled, ‘no man entry’ robotic tank cleaning in the petrochemical industry, is also recruiting four new employees as part of its ongoing expansion plans.
Managing Director of Re-Gen Robotics, Fintan Duffy, said: “We are the only remotely controlled, ‘no man entry’ robotic tank cleaning company in the British Isles and since our launch in Spring 2019, interest from the major oil companies based in GB has been phenomenal. We take delivery of our additional robot and tanker in October which means we can increase capacity and meet customer demand.
“The industry is striving for more predictable methods of cleaning, inspection and assessment and there is a very real appetite across the board, for “no man entry” tank cleaning. Tank owners globally are increasingly looking for tank cleaning and waste product removal systems that can perform safe, efficient and cost-effective operations.
“Some of the major oil companies in Great Britain have been instructed by their boards to find an alternative to manual tank cleaning, with several postponing cleans on tanks, until they have found a solution that guarantees operational safety and conserves the health and well-being of personnel.
“Applying fully integrated, ‘no man entry’, robotic cleaning technology is where a monumental difference can be made to safety in the petrochemical industry and this major investment places us in a strong position to service our clients’ demands and gives us a solid platform to continue our roll-out plan.”
Fintan said that one of the firm’s aspirations is to create new standards across the tank cleaning industry by surpassing the highest international safety legislation and directives.
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