Oil & Gas

With the retreating Arctic summer sea ice extent, new opportunities for oil and natural gas exploitation have opened, and seismic survey vessels, drilling vessels and rigs, and oil and gas production platforms are all now active. In the Antarctic region, while the Madrid Protocol (Environmental Protocol) bans all mining and drilling for petroleum in the area south of 60° South latitude, there has been some hydrocarbon exploration in offshore areas further north that are still affected by icebergs. The Oil and Gas sector needs to determine the duration, amount and type of sea ice that will be present in areas of interest in order to make decisions about whether or not to proceed with operations. Up to date iceberg monitoring and trajectory information is also vital as part of an effective ice management plan to minimise the risk of an iceberg impacting a platform.

Polar View provides an integrated information service that helps Oil and Gas operators safely operate in ice-infested waters in the Polar Regions. We deliver directly to the ship’s and drilling platform’s bridge information products that can include any combination of the following data layers:

  • Sea Ice Forecasts
  • Sea Ice Types
  • Sea Ice Concentration
  • Sea Ice Thickness
  • Sea Ice Pressure
  • Sea Ice Drift
  • Iceberg Detection
  • Iceberg Drift
  • Iceberg Historical Trends
  • Met-Ocean

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With the risk of oil spills connected to the activity, there is a strong focus in the sector on oil spill detection and oil drift modelling. Organizations involved with all elements of effective oil spill response under Arctic conditions require reliable sea ice information on a near real-time basis. In the case of a major blow out, installing well caps is a priority, and very detailed ice information is required to support ice management and maintain vessel position.

Polar View provides an integrated information service that helps Oil and Gas operators effectively deal with oil spills in ice-infested waters in the Polar Regions. We deliver directly to emergency responders information products that can include any combination of the following data layers:

  • Sea Ice Forecasts
  • Sea Ice Types
  • Sea Ice Concentration
  • Sea Ice Drift
  • Met-Ocean

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