DARWIN, AUSTRALIA, MAY 25, 2018 – In yet another industry first, EEC, in cooperation with our Australian partners ESS WeatherTech, have just completed delivery of a new Doppler weather radar onto the INPEX Ichthys LNG Central Processing Facility (CPF), the Ichthys Explorer.
The system, an EEC Defender C350 Dual-Polarization radar, resides aboard the first-ever semi-submersible LNG CFP to operate in Australian waters. The INPEX Ichthys LNG Project as a whole is ranked among the most significant oil and gas projects in the world.
The new radar is of great strategic importance in the national tropical cyclone monitoring and warning program operated by the Australian Bureau of Meteorology (BoM)”, notes Tim Cookes, Weather Radar Sales Manager at ESS WeatherTech.
“All of their weather radars are located on the coast and access to this radar located 200km out to sea provides additional critical early warning data. This benefits all of the communities in northwest Australia and all of the offshore oil and gas explorers and miners as well as INPEX.”
The new Defender C350 weather radar will offer INPEX and the BoM a number of key remote sensing advantages. First, it will provide early warning of the approach of tropical cyclones. Weather radar is the primary tool used to track severe tropical cyclones and with an effective range of over 250km, data from the new radar will allow forecasters to see and alert on severe tropical cyclones before they strike.
Additionally, the radar will be used to monitor aviation weather impacting helicopter operations, which transport personnel and supplies between the mainland and the Ichthys Explorer.