Our Future Climate

Understanding the spread of physical risk for the oil and gas industry

This IOGP-JCOMM-WCRP sponsored workshop brought climate science experts and IOGP members together to discuss how climate change could impact the oil and gas industry and what steps industry can take when planning for adaptation to potential changes.

The event was held at BP’s Upstream Learning Centre in Sunbury on Thames on 25-27th September 2018.

The Metocean Committee and its key work areas

Metocean projects

Key work areas

An understanding of Metocean – applied meteorology and oceanography –  is essential for the safe and efficient design, and operation, of offshore installations. It primarily covers the study of wind, wave current and tidal conditions at the location of the installation. However, other parameters, such as air and sea temperature, visibility and ice conditions may also be important, depending on the location and type of operations.

‘Once in a hundred years’ extreme metocean conditions need to be accounted for in the design stage – and estimating extreme values associated with return periods of 100 years and beyond is an area of active research.

For weather sensitive offshore operations, it is the likely metocean conditions during the course of operation that are of interest.

IOGP members promote the development of this vital metocean data, and the tools to leverage it, through the Metocean Committee.

Twice a year, the metocean community of the O&G industry arranges meetings to discuss progress of the various Joint Industry Projects (JIPs), in which it is involved. These have included:

  • Generating hindcast databases of regions such as the South China Sea, West Africa and North Sea
  • Developing new methods
  • Comparing instruments such as wave sensors
  • Basic research such as the definition of distributions for wave crest elevations

Attendance at the individual meetings is restricted to the participating company representatives unless the respective chairman has previously agreed otherwise beforehand.

The IOGP Metocean Committee meeting is generally the last meeting of JIP week and the day usually finishes with a presentation either on a new project initiative, or on a scientific topic of relevance to the industry, or by contractors with new products to demonstrate.

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