Access to near-real time and historical satellite ice imagery enables a clear understanding of positional and drift information on flow movement that may threaten an operation. Icebreakers are unable to break up thick multi-year flows, and typically require a longer planning and execution response to deal with this threat. Tracking information and detecting flow movement early on is vital to ensure proactive responses are taken that prevent risk to life, infrastructure, and the environment.
Arctic offshore regions present daunting operational challenges for the oil and gas sector. The remote location, climate, maritime conditions, and fragility of the ecosystem are unlike any other place on Earth. Reliable weather forecasts, navigation, dependable supply chains, emergency response contingencies, situational awareness, and communications satellite coverage each presents its own suite of problems and health, safety, and environmental (HSE) challenges to overcome.
MDA combines RADARSAT-2 data with other sensors, including TerraSAR-X and Sentinel, to provide high-frequency Arctic monitoring at multiple resolutions. Industry-leading near-real time performance and reliability make MDA the choice of many in- or near-ice explorers and operators. RADARSAT-2’s active monitoring capabilities excel in the Arctic environment and provide time-critical situational awareness day and night, in all weather conditions. Operators rely on RADARSAT-2 and MDA to provide the near-real time information needed to protect offshore drill and production assets from damaging sea ice, determine transportation logistics through ice infested waters for crew and supply ships, and for improved operational efficiencies based on more accurate ice forecasts.