ASN to Build Barossa Subsea Fibre-Optic Network

Alcatel Submarine Networks (ASN) has been awarded a contract by Vocus for fibre-optic cable manufacture and marine works at the proposed Barossa offshore gas project in the Bonaparte Basin, to the north of Darwin, Australia.

The solution developed for the Barossa Project is the design, manufacture and installation of a 500km cable loop, the Bonaparte Basin Cable Loop (BBCL), which will be integrated into the 2,100km Vocus North West Cable System. Following a three-year design and construction phase, Vocus would hold a minimum 15-year service term for the operation and maintenance of the network.

Alain Biston, president of Alcatel Submarine Networks said, “We are delighted to continue our cooperation with Vocus with a view to supply oil and gas companies with state-of-the-art and reliable submarine networking in Australia.

“For offshore projects such as Barossa, this infrastructure is an important element in driving a range of reliability, productivity and safety outcomes through the provision of reliable and cost-effective network infrastructure solutions.”

The Barossa project is a Joint Venture between ConocoPhillips  (the Operator), SK E&S Australia and Santos. ConocoPhillips Australia believes Barossa is a leading candidate to backfill the Darwin LNG facility when it will no longer be economic to produce gas from the Bayu-Undan field. Barossa would ensure continued operation of the LNG facility for a further 20 plus years, providing ongoing economic and social benefits to Darwin.

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