B2.73bn offshore link to enhance monitoring
Chevron Thailand Exploration and Production Ltd has invested 2.73 billion to upgrade the communication network between its offshore platforms in the
The network will be developed by CAT Telecom, which will lay undersea optical-fibre cables, according to Chevron
Under the contract Chevron and CAT signed yesterday, the new network is expected to start operating in 2012, while the service contract covers 15 years from this year.
Mr Pairoj said the high-speed network would complement existing telecommunication via satellite and microwave. For the first phase, the company will link the networks of eight oil platforms out of more than 200 operating platforms in total, with another two platforms to be connected soon.”This new network will improve our communication across our major platforms in the
“We can monitor and deal with any accident in each platform immediately. This will not only cut our cost but will also ensure more safety in dealing with any such accident.”
The company drills as many as 300 gas and oil wells each year so it needs accurate data to be exchanged between platforms and onshore controllers.
The company intends to invest US$3 billion between 2012 and
CAT Telecom CEO Jirayuth Rungsrithong said the state telecom enterprise expected to earn 200 million baht a year in telecommunication fees from Chevron
CAT will also will approach PTT Exploration and Production Plc to consider high-speed internet service since the optical-fibre network initially would be used at only 20% of capacity, added Mr Jirayuth.
“This new network will serve demand for bandwidth in the future and is expected to serve 13 million internet users,” he said.
CAT has a total of