TE SubCom recently announced that work on the undersea fiber optic communications system for Chevron (News - Alert) U.S.A. Inc.’s Big Foot offshore facility in the deepwater U.S. Gulf of Mexico is underway. The company is expecting to complete work on the deep water cable system by December 2013.
TE SubCom are experts in undersea communications technology and a TE Connectivity (News - Alert) Ltd. Company. The Big Foot offshore facility is the third Chevron facility which will be connected to the deep water fiber network in the Gulf of Mexico.
In a statement, Derek Buffitt, director Marine Engineering Solutions, TE SubCom, said that, “The Big Foot cable system will connect to the backbone of a larger system commissioned by SubCom in 2006 that was designed to support 64 platforms. Linking the two networks with our proven, reliable technology demonstrates the real capability of our communication solutions for the oil and gas industry. As oil exploration becomes more complex and challenging, SubCom will continue to provide the technology and expertise that ensure its clients’ communications needs are always met.”
Located around 225 miles south of New Orleans, LA, Big Foot is a tension-leg platform standing in water depths of 1,600 meters (5,200 feet). With 61km of submarine cable, a dynamic riser and other subsea equipmen,t the platform will connect to another unit of an existing network that relies on the OADM branching unit technology from SubCom.
The company’s submarine line terminating equipment which has been installed at the facility and at Texas and Mississippi landing stations will serve to address Big Foot’s transmission requirements. SubCom will be handling the installation, testing and commissioning of the cable system, in addition to manufacturing equipment for the Newington, NH facilities project.
As leading experts in undersea communications technology and marine services, TE SubCom which is a TE Connectivity Ltd. company, specializes in delivering reliable, high quality solutions to company’s in need of undersea communications. SubCom has already deployed 490,000km of subsea communication cable across the globe.
Edited by Brooke Neuman