In June 2017, Nalcor – Oil & Gas released the results of a Metocean study it had undertaken with C-CORE, a Canadian research centre specializing in ocean sciences, including Meteorology and Oceanography. These results are a continuation and expansion of the results obtained from the first phase of the Metocean study released in June, 2015.
The Metocean study is a comprehensive study of metocean conditions, including bathymetry,winds, waves, currents, fog, vessel icing, sea surface temperature, pack ice, icebergs and ice islands and influence of environmental changes on such conditions. The study illustrates what is known about the existing metocean conditions for offshore Newfoundland and Labrador, and how the region ranks compared to other globally comparable frontier oil and gas regions around the world.
The objectives of the study are to (a) characterize regional metocean conditions (winds, waves, currents, fog, vessel icing, pack ice, icebergs, ice islands, sea surface temperature) in the specified area of interest and influence of environmental changes on such conditions; and (b) compare these conditions to those in other analogous internationally-explored regions (i.e. East and West Greenland, North Sea, Barents Sea, Canadian Beaufort Sea, Chukchi Sea, Kara Sea, Caspian Sea, Sakhalin Island and Rockall, as well as the Grand Banks and Orphan Basin).
The study covers the entire Newfoundland and Labrador offshore area, including the West Coast of Newfoundland. The study area is divided into 575 grid cells with each cell covering an average area of 4,000 square kilometres. Data summaries for metocean parameters are available for each cell and for the region.
To facilitate the use of this vast dataset, Nalcor has used the Nalcor Exploration Strategy System (NESS). This system was developed in 2013 to capture insights from data collected within the exploration team. The NESS system is a web-based, interactive database or Geographic Information System, which includes the metocean data presented in this report as well as other geographic and geophysical data of the Newfoundland and Labrador offshore.