The North West Cable System (NWCS) forms a key component to one of Australia’s largest nationwide fibre optic networks, developed by Nextgen Group to provide ultra-speed data networking to the northern and western regions of Australia.
The cable system seamlessly connects offshore O&G facilities in the Browse, Bonaparte and Carnarvon Basins to on shore locations including datacentres and business headquarters. This is achieved through:
The subsea cable system was be built and is owned operated by Nextgen Group, a national telecommunications operator with Australia’s second biggest long haul fibre network 17,000km.
“The North-West Cable System is a unique cooperation between the Telecommunications and Oil & Gas industries to achieve mutually beneficial outcomes.” Michael Ackland, Director- Commercial and Strategy, Nextgen Group
Announced in May 2014 and scheduled for completion in the first half of 2016, the project consists of three phases: the design phase, manufacture and deployment of the 2000km undersea cable and branching units. The cable is currently in the design phase.
The cable system will connect to the INPEX Icthys and Shell Prelude platforms as already announced. Branching units will be deployed for additional oil and gas platforms that contract before the manufacture of the subsea cable commences in late 2014.
“Leveraging our capabilities in terrestrial fibre optics and Nextgen’s world class national fibre backbone network, combined with Alcatel-Lucents subsea expertise, we were able to provide a solution that exceeded the expectations of the oil & gas industry through provision of a highly robust, fully diverse fibre optic communications service.” Mathew Shields, Technical Director North West Cable System, Nextgen Group
Australia is a major exporter of liquefied natural gas (LNG) and the third largest exporter in the Asia-Pacific region. In 2011 alone, Australia exported 18.9 million tonnes of LNG which was valued at approximately $11.1billion (innovation.gov.au).
Many resource companies operate in this space and often in remote off-shore locations. The requirements for connectivity are driven by the operational improvements that are now available through the digitisation of every aspect of the platform operations.
The North-West Cable System offers an alternative solution to satellite connectivity with greater speeds and superior reliability, which is especially evident in adverse weather conditions.
Additionally the cable system connects the Pilbara region which has 44,000 employees and an export in excess or $47b AUD annually (http://www.economicprofile.com.au/pilbara) making it key for economic growth in Australia.
“The NWCS is a built for purpose, world class asset providing Australia’s resources sector with the connectivity, bandwidth and reliability to pursue new and highly productive operational models such as remote operations.” Simon Parker, Director Business Creation, Nextgen Group
The NWCS is integrated with the Nextgen Group terrestrial network to provide dedicated transmission services to off-shore oil and gas platforms. Services are available in speeds up to 40Gbps wavelengths, which connect into the Nextgen Group national terrestrial network – typically providing redundant connectivity for fault tolerance back to Perth.
The services can be provided back to Perth, Darwin or to the capital cities along the Eastern seaboard.
Applications of the cable include:
“Whilst the North West Cable System provides connectivity to offshore platforms, it also forms part of Nextgen’s national network. It is integrated into Nextgen’s Operations and Management systems and is under the day to day control of Nextgen’s Network Operations Centre.” Phill Martell, CTO, Nextgen Group
Customers connected to the North-West Cable System in Port Hedland will have access to the full suite of service offerings including:
Click here to view the full range of Nextgen services.
Nextgen Group is spearheading the NWCS development and has engineered solutions to bridge the gap between on-shore and off-shore facilities. A number of unique technical challenges have been overcome to deliver fibre optic network to floating platforms in the region.
Nextgen has a history of delivering major ICT infrastructure to Enterprise level and Government customers.
To see more of Nextgen’s project history please Click Here
|Nextgen Group is a leading supplier of network connectivity, Data Centre facilities and cloud services to Australian businesses, government agencies and telecommunications service providers. We deliver reliable data services and provide expert solutions for our customers. We connect people with each other and with the vital information they need.|
|Alcatel Submarine Networks (ASN)Alcatel-Lucent is the world’s only fully integrated provider of turnkey submarine network solutions. Bringing all of the products and know-how needed to design and build optical communications links across the world’s oceans.Alcatel-Lucent operates 7 vessels for installing and maintaining submarine networks. Their ships are manned by qualified, experienced teams and are strategically located to service customers around the globe.|
Pictured: Alcatel-Lucent Submarine cable laying ship
“The subsea fibre optic cable system will provide the INPEX Ichthys Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) and Shell Prelude Floating Liquefied Natural Gas (FLNG) projects…”