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Ocean Systems Engineering
  Volume 10, Number 1, March 2020 , pages 25-47

Sea state description of Asabo offshore in Nigeria
Agbakwuru A. Jasper, Akaawase T. Bernard and Ove T. Gudmestad

    A study of the wave conditions for the Asabo offshore location at the Qua Iboe oil field in Eastern Nigeria has been carried out. Statistical analysis was applied to three (3) years of data comprising spectral periods, Tp and significant wave heights, Hs. The data was divided into two (2); data from October to April represents one set of data and data from May to September represents another set of data. The results were compared with similar studies at other locations offshore of West Africa. It was found that there is an absence of direct swellwaves from the Southern Ocean reaching the location under study (the Asabo site). This work suggests that the wave system is largely emanating from the North Atlantic storms. The presence of numerous islands near the Asabo location shields the site from effects of storms from south west and therefore swells from the Southern Ocean. It is noted that the local wind has little or no contribution. An Hs maximum of 2 m is noted at the Asabo offshore location. It is found that the Weibull distribution best describes the wave distribution at Asabo. Thus, the Weibull distribution is suggested to be adequate for long term prediction of extreme waves needed for offshore design and operations at this location.
Key Words
    sea state; significant wave height; spectral density; time history; returns period; offshore Nigeria
Agbakwuru A. Jasper and Akaawase T. Bernard: Center for Maritime and Offshore Studies, Federal University of Petr. Resources Effurun, Delta State Nigeria
Ove T. Gudmestad: University of Stavanger, Norway

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