14 Aug 2014

Conducting a full hindcast study of the Northern North Sea

Statoil chose us to perform the modelling study Northern North Sea Current Hindcast (NoNoCur).

Statoil is heavily involved in exploration, development and production activities in the Northern North Sea. In order to support these activities, they wanted to increase their knowledge of currents in that area. They initiated a measurement campaign and prepared for a current hindcast modelling study to do just that. 

Statoil invited a number of institutions to provide a current hindcast for the year 2011. They chose us to perform the full current hindcast study because our 2011 hindcast was the most accurate. 

We carried out the full NoNoCur hindcast study using our three-dimensional (3D) hydrodynamic model MIKE 3 Flexible Mesh with the ‘cut-cells’ improvement. Our hindcast – which included both meteorological driven-, oceanographic and tidal currents – covered: 
  • a five-year period from 2008-2012 
  • 13 selected storms for the period 1993-2007 

We provided current data to Statoil for 17 selected depths – ranging from the surface down to 300 m – for the entire Northern North Sea area. This data will become part of Statoil’s Metocean database, which will be used for future projects in the Northern North Sea. The detailed data will enable Statoil to more accurately design offshore oil- and gas-related structures, which could result in potentially large cost savings.