BMT ARGOSS Ltd, the Met Office and Oceanweather Inc. are pleased to announce the launch of their joint Mid-Atlantic Current Hindcast (MACH) data set, resulting in two successful data sales to oil and gas majors, Shell International Petroleum Company Limited and Total S.A.
The Met Office is one of the leading organisations in data assimilation and large scale, complex ocean circulation modelling. The pioneering work of Oceanweather’s hindcast approach and derivation of optimal wind fields for ocean boundary forcing has been recognised internationally in both the scientific community and in applications for the offshore industry. This knowledge and expertise coupled with BMT ARGOSS’ extensive experience in applying and validating metocean data for commercial application is already recognised and highly valued by the oil and gas community.
Using their combined knowledge, experience and computational resources, the MACH team have worked closely with oil and gas operators to provide a robust current data set over the West Africa region. Unlike other current data sets available, the MACH data set provides information on the long-term variability of currents over a 20-year period and has been validated against measured data throughout the region. The initial focus has been to provide a 20-year fine resolution data set for the West Africa oil and gas concession region.