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New Fibre optic cables laid by Essex company bring high speed connectivity to oil and gas platforms

PUBLISHED: 08:23 28 August 2018 | UPDATED: 08:23 28 August 2018

Fibre optic cables being installed by Global Marine. Picture: Judy Calzean

Fibre optic cables being installed by Global Marine. Picture: Judy Calzean


An Essex company has successfully completed two fibre optic cable installations, bringing vital high speed connectivity to four UK North Sea oil and gas platforms.

The projects were awarded to Global Marine, a Chelmsford-based market leader in subsea fibre optic cable installation and maintenance solutions to the telecoms and oil and gas sectors, and part of the Global Marine Group, by Tampnet, an operator of high capacity communication networks in the North Sea and the Gulf of Mexico serving more than 240 oil and gas platforms across the globe. They are designed to further enhance inter oil-field communication networks in the North Sea.

Spanning a period of just over 18 months, Global Marine’s scope of work included the desktop study, marine

survey, and lay and burial of just under 100 kilometres of fibre optic cable. The Company’s engineering team

were responsible for the deployment of a cable end module, mattress and rock placement as well as

interfacing with the various subsea asset owners to secure the appropriate site access and crossing approvals.

The projects, which were delivered ahead of planned delivery dates, also called for the installation of a further

four branching units at selected locations along the cable route, which allows for future expansion of the

system to other platforms.

“It is a testament to Global Marine’s superior capabilities that Tampnet has continued to choose Global Marine

as a consistent partner on multiple projects since 2014,” said Bruce Neilson-Watts, Managing Director of

Global Marine. “Our team’s flawless execution of this project further reinforces our reputation as a leading

partner for complex subsea projects and sets the stage for Global Marine and Tampnet to continue their long-term


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