Sompo Develops Nat Cat Model for NW Australia Offshore Oil & Gas Installations

May 17, 2017

Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Insurance Inc. (SJNKI) and Sompo Canopius AG are launching a natural catastrophe risk model for north-west Australia offshore oil and gas installations.

The model development was carried out by Sompo Risk Management & Health Care Inc., which provides analytics and model development within the Sompo group.

“This is the first stochastic natural catastrophe model for offshore north-west Australia that offers a quantitative assessment of cyclone risk and the impact it could have on the expanding offshore industry,” the companies said in a statement.

The model contains three elements:

  • A hazard module, which stochastically evaluates wind and wave levels;
  • A vulnerability module, which computes the potential level of damage a storm could cause
  • A financial module, which drills down to the losses that exploration and production property could sustain and applies insurance coverage to them.

These three elements deliver a comprehensive resource that can be used in underwriting, the design of terms and conditions, risk evaluation and assessment of appropriate levels of cover, reinsurance or capital needed, the company added.

“The prevalence of frequent and extreme cyclone activity in the region clearly demonstrates the threat to property located within the north west shelf area of Australian territorial waters,” said Tatsuhiko Okubo, energy section manager at SJNKI.

“Undoubtedly, the loss potential that powerful storm systems pose to operators and their partners in the offshore exploration and production industry is increasing with the ongoing expansion of infrastructure in the north-west shelf,” added Okubo.

Steve Warren, Sompo Canopius group head of energy & engineering, commented: “This model will help us in supporting our brokers and clients to understand and manage their risks more effectively, as the region’s energy industry continues its ongoing rapid development.”

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