Oil and gas project makes it nice to work with ice

A collaborative project has successfully developed a range of radar technologies to improve offshore oil and gas operations in harsh, icy environments. The collaboration between Statoil Canada, the Government of […]

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By Jonny Bairstow

A collaborative project has successfully developed a range of radar technologies to improve offshore oil and gas operations in harsh, icy environments.

The collaboration between Statoil Canada, the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador in Canada and communications developer Rutter has created new remote sensing technology used in the automatic detection and tracking of ice.

These systems are capable of providing automatic identification, outlining and drift tracking of ice floes, pans, ridges, icebergs and paths through open water.

Fraser Edison, President and CEO of Rutter, said: “The technology that was developed has resulted in a large step forward in ice management capabilities.

“The additions to the sigma S6 system will allow the automatic identification of ice characteristics leading to improved operational safety and efficiency for operations in ice infested areas.”