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Australia : NEXTGEN to deploy $100m subsea, optical fibre cable system

May 12, 2014

Nextgen Group will be installing a $100 million subsea, optical fibre cable system spanning 2000km between Darwin and Port Hedland in northwest Australia aiming at two major oil and gas projects.

The ultra high speed communications link will offer access to high-speed data and voice communication services for the life of their operations to the Inpex Ichthys liquefied natural gas and Shell Prelude floating liquefied natural gas projects located in the Browse Basin. Work is scheduled to begin during this month and should be completed in 2016.

The system to be constructed by Alcatel-Lucent, will be owned and operated by Nextgen.

Inpex Ichthys project managing director Louis Bon, said, This is a great achievement for the Ichthys project and an excellent example of what collaboration in the oil and gas industry can achieve. He adds, It means that both of these projects, far north of Port Hedland, will be connected to data centres thousands of kilometres away in Perth.

According to Shell Prelude asset manager Jim Marshall, the subsea cable would provide a highly reliable and stable high-speed voice and data service which is essential for effective and efficient operations at our future offshore facilities.

It means that workers at Shell and Inpex will have an ultra high speed communications link so they can stay in touch with their friends and families while working at offshore facilities. Our investment will also establish a valuable piece of infrastructure that has the capacity to support the development of future offshore resources in the Browse Basin.

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Source: TendersInfo (India)

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