Offshore oil and gas

Site-specific forecasts to help you reduce exposure to risk during operations and maintenance.

We are a global forecast centre with our Marine Centre of Excellence in Aberdeen. Our marine forecasters work 24 hours a day, seven days a week to provide you with the highest standard of services, delivering an accurate and reliable wide range of weather and metocean information.

We support the oil and gas industry with tailored solutions through critical phases of all types of marine operations to help with the planning and delivery of projects. Our marine forecasting capability ranges from the seabed to the top of the atmosphere and spans right across the globe. Our industry experience means we understand the issues the weather presents for you.

Our services enable you to:

  • Minimise costs and reduce weather-related risk.
  • Achieve the highest level of safety through our timely and accurate advice.
  • Maximise operational efficiency and improve resource allocation through accurate identification of weather windows.

Weather consultancy for your offshore business

We know that weather has a huge impact on your business. As forecasting experts, we are proud to offer a high level of personal interaction with customers to ensure we can meet your needs. We interpret our high level weather data in a way that's appropriate and relevant for you, so if you have a specific project or operation that needs detailed weather expertise and advice, contact us to find out how we can help.

Contact our marine team to talk about your needs.

Weather sensitive operations in the North Sea

We worked with Subsea 7 who needed to transport a large tow head by sea from Nigg, Cromarty Firth, to Sinclair's Bay where it was attached to long pipe bundles then towed out to the Jura field. Accurate weather information was vital to the success of this project: it required a very specific 48 hour weather window with precise weather thresholds.We provided hindcast analysis to identify the most likely times when there would be a weather window for the operation, and a dedicated Met Office forecaster was placed on-site. Together with a five-day detailed forecast we provided probability forecasts illustrating the outlook for wind and wave conditions out to 14 days ahead. Tow and move forecasts were used to ensure the safe transit of the barge and towhead. As the weather window approached, precise information and advice was critical, so the on-site forecaster was on hand to brief the operational teams. Subsea 7 Case Study Read the full case study. (PDF, 612 kB)

Find out more on our solutions  for the offshore oil and gas industry page.

Alternatively, for more information on how our marine forecasts can help your operations, call 01392 885680 or +44 1224 629805 for international enquiries.

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Last updated: 27 March 2015

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