BMT completes metocean study offshore Greece

Offshore staff

LONDONBMT Argoss has completed an assessment of metocean conditions in the Gulf of Kaval offshore Greece to support Energean’s Prinos and Epsilon oil field developments.

The location is in the Prinos-Kavala basin, northwest of the island of Thassos and 18 km (11 mi) south of mainland northern Greece. Prinos is the main structure with Epsilon a satellite field.

BMT was asked to report on conditions including wind, waves, and current.

Ian Wade, senior metocean advisor, said: “The location presented a number of interesting challenges with regard to quantifying the wave climate in particular.

“In order to provide an accurate representation of the wave conditions at the Kavala study site, we had to carry out several levels of analysis using our Mediterranean wave hindcast, satellite altimetry, as well as wave buoy statistics from a location between the Mount Athos peninsula and the island of Limnos. 

“This data allowed us to verify the performance of the wave model at that specific location and provide suitable calibrations against satellite altimeter data, without compromising results due to coastal effects. Subsequent wave transforms to the location of interest were then possible, via our spectral wave ray tracing approach.”


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