In late 2014 global private weather organisation MeteoGroup contracted Metocean Services International (MSI) to provide wave data in support of a weather study off the Angolan coast. MeteoGroup is currently modelling wave conditions in the waters surrounding Dande, Angola, in order to generate accurate and reliable wave forecasts. This data will help to ensure vessels being mobilised from a nearby spoolbase can be loaded safely, and that any downtime resulting from inclement weather is minimised.
The data supplied by MSI is being used to calibrate MeteoGroup’s wave models. Wave data is currently being supplied in real-time to the end client’s onshore base from a directional wave buoy deployed by MSI in April 2015. The wave data is then processed by MeteoGroup for ongoing model calibration and validation.
MSI is well-placed to work in Angola, as it has substantial experience in the country’s offshore oil and gas developments. This experience ensures MSI’s familiarity with Angola’s exacting regulations that govern equipment import and export, personnel movement and visa requirements, giving clients confidence that projects in this region can be executed without delay. Recent Angolan projects have included the installation of a weather station for Benefit (a regional partnership between Namibia, Angola and South Africa focused on managing fisheries and marine resources off southwest Africa), the long term deployment of a current mooring and metocean buoy for Maersk Oil Angola, and two deepwater current measurement moorings for BP Angola.
Jean-François Bonnin, Sales Manager Offshore at MeteoGroup commented, “MeteoGroup is delighted to have worked with MSI on this project, and proving the importance of in-situ measurements in order to parametrise a very high resolution wave model. MeteoGroup is looking to grow its portfolio of decision making solutions for its customers and working with MSI is certainly one of the best ways to deliver high standard services.”
Globally, MSI has successfully operated in 45 countries, conducting more than 150 measurement programmes, often in remote areas under challenging conditions. MSI’s success in efficiently planning and managing these worldwide projects can be attributed to an in-depth approach to individual projects, combined with extensive experience in the offshore oil and gas industry, and its dedicated team of highly qualified and experienced engineers.
About MeteoGroup: MeteoGroup is one of the world’s leading global full-service B2B weather solutions businesses, operating across all sectors where weather impacts business decision making. They provide innovative tools and support which assist our customers to make critical decisions more effectively to create value, save costs, minimise risk and manage environmental impact. Their team of expert and experienced meteorologists is available 24/7 to deliver the highest quality analysis and advice. With over 400 employees operating in 17 offices across the world, MeteoGroup is in an ideal position to provide local services to a global audience.