Wednesday, November 1, 2006

BP Selects Tyco for Undersea Fiber Network

BP America will build an 800 mile undersea fiber optic system in the Gulf of Mexico to provide continuous broadband connectivity to the company's offshore oil and gas facilities. The system will allow greater operating flexibility, including the ability to continue producing safely for longer periods when hurricanes enter the Gulf and to return more quickly to production after storms pass.

The project is valued at $80 million.

The system will initially link seven of BP's deep water production facilities including Marlin, Horn Mountain, Na Kika, Thunder Horse, Atlantis, Mad Dog and Holstein to the new Advanced Collaborative Environment (ACE) centers in Houston. Each facility will have direct optical connectivity to Houston through two independent routes. It will ensure continued operations, independent of any other facility in the system during hurricane events.

The contract has been awarded to TYCO Telecommunications.

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