Deep Water Cable System to Provide Critical Communications Technology to Offshore Production FacilityEATONTOWN, NJ, USA - April 16, 2013 --
TE SubCom, a TE Connectivity Ltd. company and an industry pioneer in undersea communications technology, today announced that a contract was signed with Chevron U.S.A. Inc. to connect the Jack & St. Malo offshore facility with an undersea fiber optic communications system in the deepwater U.S. Gulf of Mexico. Under terms of the contract awarded to TE SubCom in November 2012, the cable system is slated for completion in May 2014.
Jack & St. Malo fields are located approximately 280 miles south of New Orleans, LA in water depths of 7,000 feet. The fields are supported by a semi-submersible platform which will be connected by 106km of submarine cable, subsea equipment, and a new branching unit to an existing fiber network. The branching unit will incorporate SubCom’s proprietary OADM technology and transmission requirements will be met by SubCom’s leading submarine line terminating equipment installed on the facility and in landing stations located in Mississippi and Texas. SubCom will be responsible for the installation, testing and commissioning of the cable system, and will be manufacturing all equipment needed for the project in its Newington, NH facilities.
“The Jack & St. Malo cable system will connect to the backbone of a larger system commissioned by SubCom in 2006,” said Derek Buffitt, Director Marine Engineering Solutions, TE SubCom. “This is the next step in the implementation of the original network with the first insertion of a new branching unit. The original system was designed to accept 64 platform connections but only 19 branching units were installed. This new branching unit insertion will prove the network design and again demonstrate the reliability and robust nature of SubCom technology.”
Jack & St. Malo will be Chevron’s fourth facility connected to the deep water fiber network in the Gulf of Mexico.
About TE SubCom
TE SubCom (SubCom), a TE Connectivity Ltd. company, is an industry pioneer in undersea communications technology and marine services and a leading global supplier for today’s undersea communications requirements. Drawing on its heritage of technical innovation and industry recognized performance, SubCom delivers the most reliable, high quality solutions to organizations with undersea communications needs vital to their core mission. The company designs, manufactures and installs systems around the world, and has deployed more than 490,000km of subsea communication cable—or enough to circle the earth more than 12 times at the equator. SubCom’s global presence, backed by industry leading research and development laboratories, manufacturing facilities, installation and maintenance ships, depots, and management team work together to implement integrated solutions and network upgrades, with unsurpassed reliability, that support the needs of telecommunications, internet providers, offshore and science customers worldwide.
For more information visit www.SubCom.com.
About TE Connectivity
TE Connectivity (NYSE: TEL) is a $13 billion world leader in connectivity. The company designs and manufactures products at the heart of electronic connections for the world’s leading industries including automotive, energy and industrial, broadband communications, consumer devices, healthcare, and aerospace and defense. TE Connectivity’s long-standing commitment to innovation and engineering excellence helps its customers solve the need for more energy efficiency, always-on communications and ever-increasing productivity. With nearly 90,000 employees in over 50 countries, TE Connectivity makes connections the world relies on to work flawlessly every day. To connect with the company, visit: www.TE.com.
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