Egat in talks with PTTEP subsidiary for joint venture on drones
The Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (Egat) is in talks with AI and Robotics Ventures Co Ltd (ARV), a subsidiary of PTT Exploration and Production Pcl (PTTEP), to jointly explore a business opportunity in the future, Egat governor Boonyanit Wongrukmit said.
He added that one possible collaboration could be in the use of drones to inspect the conditions of Egat's vast power transmission lines, which will help it reduce the cost of inspection.
He said that while Egat has demand to use such drone technology, ARV has the knowledge and technology, which will enhance Egat's efficiency in the transmission line inspection. Both organisations can also team up to provide this service to other state-run electricity authorities.
ARV provides cutting-edge artificial intelligence and robotics solutions for businesses across industries. The application of ARV services and developing technologies ranges across air, sea and land.
In July this year, ARV formed a partnership with Thai Advance Innovation Co Ltd (Thai AI), a subsidiary of Thaicom Plc, on the development of drone technology with focus on agriculture drone to enable advanced smart farming solutions.