Metocean criteria for Scottish offshore wind farms

Using SEASTATES to characterise marine conditions for a proposed offshore wind farm

ERM required metocean data to characterise marine conditions for a proposed offshore wind farm off the east coast of Scotland. To provide robust data quickly and efficiently, we use our pre-existing datasets, together with certain public domain datasets and conduct location-specific analyses to provide the required information.

For this study we used metocean data from our pre-existing and well proven SEASTATES European Shelf wave and hydrodynamic hindcast models. Forty years of hindcast data was extracted from these archives which has wind and wave data validated against independent long-term satellite altimeter measurements.

This data was subjected to extremes analysis to provide the client with data on operational and extreme wind, wave, water level and current conditions. We also provided meteorological data as well as sea water properties and estimates of marine growth rate.

ABPmer has a comprehensive metocean analysis toolbox which meets the requirements of the international oil and gas and offshore renewables industries. These analysis routines have been used extensively on a wide range of projects, many of which have been subject to review by international certifying authorities.

Our highly skilled metocean consultants use an extensive suite of numerical modelling and analytical software to support projects and operations worldwide.

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