Sakhalin Energy Appoints BMT to Provide Weather Forecasting Services

Sakhalin Energy Investment Company Ltd. (Sakhalin Energy) appointed BMT ARGOSS (BMT), a subsidiary of international maritime design, engineering and risk management consultancy BMT Group Ltd., to provide weather forecasting services to support their onshore and offshore operations in the Sakhalin region, off the east coast of Russia, BMT said Tuesday.

Under the contract, BMT will provide weather, wave and current forecasts, as well as tidal information to help support offshore drilling operations. BMT will deliver twice daily updates on weather and wave conditions and once daily update on the current and tides in an easy to use and understandable format customized for Sakhalin Energy's needs.

“The conditions are very harsh in Sakhalin and forecasting the weather can be extremely challenging. Topography, shallow boundary layers, sea ice and large differences in temperatures between land surface and sea create strong local effects. By running high resolution models we are able to capture more effectively these local effects such as ice that can cover the water around the offshore platforms in winter time,” Marie-Jette Wierbos, forecast manager at BMT ARGOSS said in the press release.

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