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Air and Seawater Quality Monitoring System

North Caspian Sea, Kazakhstan

Client Confidential
Industries Oil & Gas
Services Coastal and Offshore, Information Management, Surface Water/Sediments

The design, deployment and management of an experimental pilot system to automatically monitor air and seawater quality operating in ‘near real-time' mode. An innovative, state-of-the-science system and the first ‘near real-time' sea water monitoring system was installed offshore in the North Caspian Sea in October 2011 on the east side of the manmade island equipped as production and processing facility to monitor background air and water quality in the vicinity of the Kashagan oil and gas field.

Our Role:

Golder Associates was contracted to assist with development of a proof of concept monitoring system through three phases:

  • Phase 1: Develop the conceptual design and technical specification for a proof of concept monitoring system
  • Phase 2: Procure, integrate, test, install, commission, and operate an experimental system at one location in the North Caspian Sea in the vicinity of the artificial island
  • Phase 3: Complete the experimental phase obtaining permits and certifications from authorities of the Republic of Kazakhstan and handing over the approved monitoring station to the operator.

The project was developed by a multidisciplinary and international team based in Italy, United States, Canada, United Kingdom, and Kazakhstan. Some of the constraints and challenges of the North Caspian environment the team faced included:

Water Quality

  • Dynamic ice cover
  • Shallow water
  • Soft muddy substrate
  • Frequent water level shifts
  • Corrosion and bio-fouling
  • Navigation and dredging
  • Commercial and uncontrolled fishery

Air Quality

  • Isolating from near-field emissions
  • Protection from sea ice impingement
  • No open flames (FID) for
    explosion / fire protection
  • Extreme climatic range
  • Remote power and communications

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