Netherlands-based Fugro has initiated a three-year period of metocean and ice data acquisition as part of the Barents Sea Metocean and Ice Network Project, a joint industry project (JIP) led by Statoil.

Using the data, operators will be able to get a better understanding of relevant operational uncertainties and risk factors in the frontier region known as The Far North.

Statoil’s JIP is aimed at collecting additional and necessary metocean and ice data in the region.

"Additional collection of data related to the metocean and ice regime will further strengthen the safe planning of operations."

Early data acquisition in such regions helps reduce risk for operators, which offers potential future cost savings through appropriate selection of drilling assets.

The JIP participants also receive data sharing benefits across a frontier region, such as increased understanding of metocean processes and their spatial extent.

Fugro has been contracted for the project after it worked with Statoil and several of the other JIP participants on various complex metocean measurement projects throughout Norwegian waters.

Mark Jones from Fugro said: "We have worked with Norwegian operators for many years and we know that managing risk and maintaining a safe operating environment is a priority.

"While there are significant historical metocean data available, additional collection of data related to the metocean and ice regime will further strengthen the safe planning of operations, design engineering, calibration of models and validation of weather forecasting in this frontier region."

The company plans to produce the final data set for the JIP partners once the measurement campaign concludes in 2018.