Metocean Services International (Pty) Ltd (MSI) is pleased to announce that, following a highly successful initial contract period, they have received a 1 year extension to the deep water current measurement programme north of Trondheim, Norway in the Luva field for StatoilHydro.
The Luva field is located about 240 kilometres west of Bodø and the licence was awarded in 1996. The water depth in the area is around 1,300m and the reservoir is 2,800 metres beneath the seabed. Recoverable reserves in the field are estimated at some 38 billion cubic metres of gas.
The mooring, which extends from seabed to about 50m below the surface, was deployed in August 2008 and comprises a TRDI 300kHz ADCP, 14 Nortek Aquadopp current meters and 15 RBR Ltd XR420 CTD loggers. During the initial period of this deployment, an excellent data return has been achieved.
The measurement programme was initially planned for 1 year with service visits at 2 monthly intervals. As a result of the extension the service interval has been extended to 3 months and the offshore operations will be conducted from the MV Ocean Prince.
This extension again emphasises that MSI can undertake projects in all reaches of the world from their base in South Africa and Australia. Since its formation nearly 6 years ago, MSI has successfully undertaken projects in over 20 countries and this number continues to grow. Formed in 2003, MSI provides the entire range of oceanographic and meteorological services internationally to the oil and gas industry, coastal engineers, dredging companies and port authorities.