Offshore Weather Services was commissioned by UTEC and Saipem to provide onsite weather forecasting support during the installation of the Zawtika topside in the Gulf of Mottama, Myanmar.  The Zawtika Project is a gas field development project between partners PTTEP International Limited (PTTEPI) as operator and Myanmar Oil and Gas Enterprise (MOGE).

The ZPQ is an integrated platform which combined both natural gas processing facilities and living quarters into a single platform. The topside weighs 16,500 metric ton (MT) and is one of the largest topside structures installed in South East Asia. It was designed and constructed by SOME (Singapore) with Saipem engaged for the installation.

OWS Director and Senior Forecaster Eric Tiong was the Meteorological Consultant on board the support vessel PW Natuna and worked directly with and advised the operations personnel responsible for the successful float over which occurred during the early morning on 21st October 2013.

Zawtika topside being towed

Zawtika topside being towed

Offshore Weather Services have recently conducted the PTTEP 2013 Tropical Cyclone Briefings and assisted in the Typhoon Exercise in preparation for the 2013 Tropical Cyclone Season in the Gulf of Thailand.

Offshore Weather Services senior forecasters Peter Wellby and Aila Aguilar took turns and went around the PTTEP assets in the Gulf of Thailand to conduct the Tropical Cyclone Briefings. The briefings covered the tropical cyclone risk in the region, TC forecast tracks and warnings issued during cyclone occurrences and the PTTEP TC Emergency Response Zones. A ‘Tropical Cyclone Exercise’ followed.

The Gulf of Thailand normally has one to two Tropical Cyclone threats each year, occurring mainly in the months of October to December. The region has been affected by 23 tropical cyclones for the past 21 years with 17 tracking across the gulf at varying intensities.

2013 PTTEP TC Briefing

Offshore Weather Services opens a branch in the Philippines

OWS Philippines was officially launched by Mr Peter Wellby, Chairman of the Board of Directors of OWS Australia with Mr Gao Hongmin, Managing Director of OWS Asia, on 19 April 2013 at the EDSA Shangrila Plaza Hotel in Ortigas Center, MandaluyongCity, Philippines. Present  during the launch were Mr James Hogan, Operations Manager of Otto Energy, Mr Jaime A. Bacud, Exploration Manager of PNOC Exploration Corporation, Mr David R. Baladad, VP for Operations of South China Resources and Ms Alma D. Roxas, Corporate Project Manager of Alternergy, to name a few.

Peter and Gao presented and discussed the meteorological and oceanographic products and services as well as the vast experiences of Offshore Weather Services in Southeast Asia and Australia including its active involvement in the Malampaya float over wherein Peter was the onsite meteorologist. Dr Nilo is looking forward to providing specialized weather forecasting and climate consultancy services to the energy sector in thePhilippines. At present, OWS is providing site-specific weather forecast for the Palawan Galoc oil field in western Philippines.

OWS has recently commissioned a new Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) atmospheric model grid encompassing the entire South China Sea with a higher resolution sub grid covering the important offshore oil & gas industry region off the coast of northwest Borneo.

The early use of the model has shown some promising results. One example includes the WRF model identifying a local affect causing a plume of stronger winds near Palawan which has never been identified on coarser global atmospheric models. This local generation of winds was only previously noted by personnel offshore in certain synoptic situations, but could not be correlated with coarse global atmospheric modelling. It is now possible to forecast the region and length of time this wind, and subsequently generated waves, may affect clients working in the region.

The WRF Model is a next-generation mesoscale numerical weather prediction system designed to serve both operational forecasting and atmospheric research needs. It features multiple dynamical cores, a 3-dimensional variational (3DVAR) data assimilation system, and a software architecture allowing for computational parallelism and system extensibility. WRF is suitable for a broad spectrum of applications across scales ranging from meters to thousands of kilometres.

For more information on OWS modelling capabilities, please contact us through our contact link.