ITC Global Establishes Connectivity for World’s Largest Semisubmersible Drilling Rig
Houston, Texas – September 6, 2016 – ITC Global, a leading provider of satellite communications to remote and harsh environments, announced today that it has been awarded a three-year contract providing broadband connectivity to the world’s largest semisubmersible drilling rig. The end-to-end service will enable the newly built rig to manage essential business communications and monitor and maintain operations through ITC Global’s very small aperture terminal (VSAT) solution. The ultra-deepwater, harsh environment rig has been commissioned by a major petroleum exploration and production company to begin operations in October in the Great Australian Bight, positioned on the coastline of southern and western Australia.
ITC Global has completed installation of two stabilized antenna systems on the rig, featuring an innovative design of a C-band and Ku-band dual switching setup, delivering high-speed data service via two satellites. This solution enables added redundancy and uptime availability, benefiting not only the production operator, but also the drilling contractor with increased overall service and availability for more efficient operations.
The turnkey voice and data solution will enable essential business communications with corporate offices and ensure operations run smoothly, backed by ITC Global’s 24×7 network monitoring and support. While operating offshore Australia, services will be supported by the global Network Operation Center along with local support from the Australia operations team. In the event of future moves, the rig will maintain seamless, uninterrupted connectivity across ITC Global’s worldwide Ku-band network, regardless of the transit path or final destination.
“This contract is evidence of ITC Global’s innovation in developing custom solutions to meet connectivity needs for major deepwater drilling projects,” said Joe Spytek, Chief Executive Officer, ITC Global. “Through continued partnership with our customers who seek to invest in flexible, quality connectivity services, we’ve developed solutions that address current and future requirements of leading drilling contractors and operators.”
In March, ITC Global announced that it had been awarded a long-term contract for an ultra-deepwater project in western Africa. This latest award speaks to ITC Global’s position as an industry leader in providing innovative communications solutions for energy operations in the most remote regions around the globe, including Asia Pacific.
“With demonstrated success delivering services and support for our customer’s projects in the North Sea and South America, ITC Global was selected as the best choice to serve this new project offshore Australia,” continued Spytek. “Asia Pacific is where ITC Global began its operations, serving its first customers more than 15 years ago. Since then, we’ve continued to actively invest in the region, establishing trust and long-term partnerships with customers who require complex communications networks to support their global operations.”