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BMT ARGOSS Provides Metocean Support To Energean’s Prinos And Epsilon Oilfield Developments

BMT ARGOSS, a subsidiary of BMT Group, the leading international design, engineering and risk management consultancy, has recently completed an assessment of metocean conditions to support Energean’s Prinos and Epsilon oilfield developments in the Gulf of Kavala.

Located in the Prinos-Kavala basin, situated northwest of the island of Thassos and some 18 kilometres south of mainland northern Greece, the Prinos oilfield is the main structure with Epsilon a satellite field. BMT was tasked with providing a comprehensive report on the local metocean conditions including wind, waves and current.

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Ian Wade, senior metocean advisor at BMT ARGOSS, explains: “The location presented a number of interesting challenges with regard to quantifying the wave climate in particular. In order to provide an accurate representation of the wave conditions at the Kavala study site, we had to carry out several levels of analysis utilising our Mediterranean wave hindcast, satellite altimetry, as well as wave buoy statistics from a location between the Mount Athos peninsula and the island of Limnos.

“This data allowed us to verify the performance of the wave model at that specific location and provide suitable calibrations against satellite altimeter data, without compromising results due to coastal effects. Subsequent wave transforms to the location of interest were then possible, via our spectral wave ray tracing approach.”

With extensive experience of developing, maintaining and operating state-of-the-art numerical metocean models covering local, regional and global conditions, BMT ARGOSS recognizes the multiple methods that need to be employed in order to obtain accurate metocean criteria at a given study site.

Ian Wade continues: “Model simulations (hindcasts or forecasts) of metocean conditions have, for many years, been one of the main assets in our arsenal of tools with which to quantify key phenomena. However, all models have their limitations, and it is vitally important that we understand these and correct them or militate against them wherever possible.”

BMT ARGOSS is a multi-disciplinary engineering consultancy servicing the oil and gas sector, traditional maritime markets and the wider ports and harbour industry. The company specializes in analysing and forecasting environmental conditions for offshore and coastal design and operations, and provides bespoke services in emergency response and ship navigation and manoeuvring simulation. The company employs mariners and industry experts in meteorology, oceanography, hydrodynamics and naval architecture. BMT ARGOSS operates from its offices in The Netherlands, United Kingdom, Kazakhstan, Malaysia and Indonesia, and supports its operations through the global network of BMT Group offices. Website:

BMT is an international design, engineering and risk management consultancy, working principally in the defence, energy and environment, marine risk and insurance, maritime transport and ports and logistics sectors. BMT invests significantly in research. Its customers are served through a network of international subsidiary companies. The group’s assets are held in beneficial ownership for its staff. Website:


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