MSI Provides Real-Time Current Measurement System for Forecasting / Oil Spill Response

Metocean Services International (MSI) recently provided a real-time current measurement system for installation on the Maersk Guardian offshore Norway.

StormGeo AS have in May of this year supplied a totally integrated live current and weather forecasting system to the Norwegian oil and gas market through an advanced website. The system is primarily designed as part of the Operator’s (in this case Faroe Petroleum) oil spill contingency analysis but has been valuable in daily operational support. The service provided live feed from the current meter but the next step will be to complement live data with historical data from the location for dramatically improved dispersion studies.

Current Expertise AS, our client in this project, provide both the installation and tailor made equipment solutions to StormGeo. The system provided current profile data in real-time, which was uploaded by CLS in France for processing and distribution to StormGeo to provide a web-based real-time current forecast.

   
 ADCP in "inline frame" being prepared for deployment  ADCP being deployed over the side

The measurement system comprised a TRDI 300kHz ADCP, fitted in purpose-built inline frame. The ADCP was cabled via 100m armoured power / signal cable to a Campbell Scientific datalogger. The datalogger was fitted with an Ethernet module, allowing access to the data via the rig’s IT system.

Speaking on behalf of Current Expertise, Stig Seland said “ we believe this is the first time live current data has been supplied directly to a rig in Norway for daily use in operations aswell as oil spill contingency preparation. Once deployed and configured, the system worked flawlessly for the duration of the exploration well.” 

 
ADCP being deployed over the side Example screen shot of the data