NT NEWS: The Sky’s the limit with INPEX and Ichthys LNG


A local business working with INPEX is using the latest technology to boost safety and efficiency at the Ichthys LNG onshore processing facilities at Bladin Point.

Established in 2017 by born-and-bred Territorian Max Lye, Skymax is using drones to assist with asset inspections and maintenance planning.

INPEX Onshore Maintenance Manager Mark Wilson said the technology minimised the need for INPEX and its contractors to work at heights on maintenance inspections.

“The drone technology is changing the way we work and it’s great to collaborate with a Darwin business on this innovative initiative,” Mark said.

Skymax Director and Chief Pilot Max Lye said the contract was supporting the growth of his business.

“The contact has granted us the opportunity to focus on expanding our workforce by upskilling Territorians to carry out a range of industrial scopes with INPEX in Darwin,” Max said.

“We are always working hard to keep up with the advancement of technology as it continues to evolve so that we can continue to grow and have a marked competitive edge over companies that are not locally based.”

Skymax currently employs six local drone operators who are licensed by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) of Australia.

Article appeared in NT News 17 July 2019