BMT to issue weather updates for Sakhalin offshore drilling campaign

Offshore staff

LONDON – Sakhalin Energy Investment Co. has contracted BMT ARGOSS to provide weather forecasting services to support operations in the Sakhalin region offshore eastern Russia.

Under the long-term contract an 18-strong BMT team will issue weather, wave and current forecasts and tidal information to assist offshore drilling operations.

Marie-Jette Wierbos, forecast manager at BMT ARGOSS, said: “The conditions are very harsh in Sakhalin and forecasting the weather can be extremely challenging. Topography, shallow boundary layers, sea ice, and large differences in temperatures between land surface and sea create strong local effects.

“By running high-resolution models we are able to capture more effectively these local effects such as ice that can cover the water around the offshore platforms in winter time.”

BMT will deliver twice-daily updates on weather and wave conditions and a once- daily update on current and tides, in a format said to be easy to use and tailored to Sakhalin Energy’s requirements.


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