ITC Global Awarded Multiple Contracts for Offshore Communications in Western Africa
Sion, Switzerland – December 21, 2015 – ITC Global, a leading provider of satellite communications to remote and harsh environments, announced today that it has been awarded two multi-million dollar contracts, each spanning three years, to provide remote offshore communications to five floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) vessels based in Western Africa. Service is being delivered to several major European-based oil and gas companies including Saipem and Eni S.p.A.
The FPSOs, operating in the Congo, Angola, and Equatorial Guinea, are each outfitted with two C-band stabilized antennas, delivering between 4 and 10 Mbps high data rate service to the vessels. The custom engineered solution was designed to enable increased automation at the remote site, reducing the number of remote workers required on each FPSO at one time.
“As the industry continues to experience unpredictability, ITC Global has seen tremendous opportunity to improve operational processes and systems, and drive efficiencies for customers,” said Joe Spytek, Chief Executive Officer, ITC Global. “While some oil and gas service providers have responded to recent market dynamics through consolidations and cost cuts, ITC Global is focused on putting customers in the best position to weather industry headwinds and be prepared for growth.”
With certified field technicians based in strategic locations throughout Western Africa, ITC Global utilized its local presence to ensure fast installation and commissioning of each FPSO for the customer’s African operations.
“Being able to respond quickly to local customer requirements in key oil and gas regions around the world is the cornerstone of ITC Global’s business,” said Spytek. “As an International organization, we’ve built a service culture that understands the meaning of urgency and global responsiveness, and our local presence in strategic regions allows us to deliver added flexibility and effective service to our customers worldwide.”
In August, ITC Global was acquired by Panasonic Corporation of North America and now operates as an independent unit of Panasonic Avionics Corporation. Panasonic Avionics is a leading provider of inflight communications and entertainment systems to the aviation market. Collectively, ITC Global and Panasonic Avionics are one of the world’s largest buyers of commercial satellite capacity. Joining Panasonic further enables ITC Global to help customers meet demands for increased bandwidth, better performance, and overall lower costs for satcom systems, networks, and equipment.