Radar for Offshore Gas Processing Platform Commissioned

The INPEX Ichthys Explorer platform is the largest semi-submersible in the world. It measures 130m by 120m and is located in 250m of water at the edge of the continental shelf about 200km off the northwest coast of Australia.

EEC won the contract to install its latest C band dual polarization weather radar on the platform. There are two main functions of the radar. Firstly to provide early warning of the approach of tropical cyclones. Weather radar is the primary tool used to track severe tropical cyclones. The radar has an effective range of 300km or so and provides early warning of the approach and track of an impending severe weather event. Secondly it will be used to monitor weather impacting on helicopter operations from the mainland to the platform.

The new radar is of great strategic importance in the national tropical cyclone monitoring and warning program operated by the Bureau of Meteorology. All its 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 Bureau is currently arranging to access the INPEX radar data which will be output by EEC from its EDGE operating system in an internationally recognised format and transmitted to the Bureau by a secure communications system operated by INPEX.

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Posted on October 2, 2017 .

ESS Wins Singapore Contract for Himawari-8


The National Environment Agency, Singapore, has contracted ESS to supply their latest satellite reception and processing systems for Himawari-8 and Suomi-NPP.  Implementation is planned for the end of Q1 2016.  

Himawari-8 is a geostationary weather satellite operated by the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA). It is the successor to JMA’s Multi-functional Transport Satellite (MTSAT) series, offering significant improvements in frequency, resolution and precision.


Posted on December 3, 2015 .

Himawari reveals Mt Raung eruption

Volcanic eruptions from Mt Raung 11-12 July 2015

The ESS Weathertech Himawari groundstation in Richmond has received stunning images of the eruption of Mt Raung in Indonesia from the new satellite.

By processing the IR channels to highlight the ash clouds from the volcano, a sequence of images is produced which clearly show the progress of the eruption over a period of two days.

One of Himawari's advanced features is the ability to provide updates every 10 minutes. The previous satellite covering the region, MTSAT, could at best give updated images every half hour. Volcanic eruptions can change significantly in that time. As the above image shows, the ability to produce images rapidly allows details in the time evolution of the volcano which would not be seen previously with MTSAT.

Posted on July 18, 2015 .

Himawari-8 is Operational

The new Himawari-8 satellite is providing enhanced satellite coverage of the Australian/Asian region by implementing more channels and higher updates than previous weather satellites. 

Himawari has completed its testing phase and now moving to operational status. The satellite is a significant improvement over its predecessor, MTSAT, which has served the Asian region well for many years. While high resolution data from the new satellite is available over the Internet, Himawari satellite imagery is also available over the "HimawariCast" system, which uses TV broadcast technology to distribute the imagery directly to users.

ESS Weathertech has been building MTSAT reception system for many years. These are used routinely by weather forecasting organizations through Asia, Australia and New Zealand. Now ESS is moving into the new generation by providing low cost HimawariCast groundstations which can capture and process the data from the new satellite in real time.

This image loop is a spectacular example of the imagery available from the new satellite. The unusual appearance of three cyclones at the same time shows in great detail the movement of cyclones. The three cyclones are Nangka (to the east), Chan-Hom in the centre, and Linfa heading towards Taiwan. These images benefit from higher resolution, but most significantly, the images are updated every 10 minutes. This is a dramatic improvement on the 30 minute update available with previous satellites, allowing forecasters to follow the movement of the cyclones in greater detail than ever before.

Posted on July 9, 2015 .