Offshore

Global energy companies, including Chevron Australia, Shell Australia, Woodside, and INPEX will jointly fund a A$3.2m ($2.48m) research project aimed at improving offshore safety and advancing tropical cyclone forecasting in Northern Australia.

The results derived from the research are likely to boost tropical cyclone response planning and public weather forecasting services, which will help in minimising disruptions to operations.

The two-year project will be led by the Industry Technology Facilitator (ITF), and will be carried out by the Australian Bureau of Meteorology.

"Being able to predict tropical cyclone formation and development earlier and more accurately reduces risk, improves decision making and could also reduce costs."

ITF Australia regional manager Peter Brazier said that the new research project would target enhanced prediction of the impact of tropical weather systems, and is likely to advance the Bureau’s ability to accurately forecast the track of a cyclone.

Bureau of Meteorology head of research Dr Peter May said the research will be of great benefit to the oil and gas industry, as the outcomes are likely to be integrated with ongoing improvements in public weather forecasting for the community.

The base of the project is built on the Australian Bureau of Meteorology’s research into tropical cyclone forecast and warning services.

Dr May added: "Being able to predict tropical cyclone formation and development earlier and more accurately reduces risk, improves decision making and could also reduce costs by decreasing operational down-time and unnecessary interruptions to construction operations."


Image: Tropical Cyclone Research. Photo: Courtesy of The Industry Technology Facilitator Australia.