Marine Monitoring, Modeling and Oil Spill Response Management
An integrated marine monitoring system was put into place at the West Bukha hydrocarbon field. The need for the monitoring system was two-fold.
Spill contingency modeling is a permit prerequisite to exploit the oil fields around Bukha A and West Bukha wellhead platforms. To effectively perform that modeling, one year of meteorological and water-current data was needed. The real-time data fed an oil spill trajectory model managed by Applied Science Associates (ASA), which was used as decision support for planners to determine the most vulnerable areas at risk from potential spills and effective response strategies.
A better understanding of weather conditions at the platform was needed to assess if conditions were safe for boat or helipad personnel transit. Our role was to plan, deliver and install the permanent meteorological monitoring station, and deploy and recover two autonomous oceanographic monitoring systems located on the seabed.
Achieving the necessary permitting helped West Bukha to become the first offshore oil field to come on-stream in the Sultanate of Oman.