(Stavanger, 24 May 2017) — Tampnet, the leading provider of high-capacity, low-latency based telecommunication infrastructure and services for the offshore oil and gas industry, announced today that they have been awarded a contract by Statoil for connecting the Johan Sverdrup field to their existing 2500km subsea fibre infrastructure in the North Sea. This contract and turn-key project will optimise and strengthen the telecommunication infrastructure for this modern and digitalised field development.
Tampnet’s offshore network is built with continuous improvement and expansion in mind. Hence, throughout the North Sea the company has a number of potential connection points available for future field developments. Also – continued expansion of the infrastructure adds to the coverage and redundancy of the network, which is also beneficial to existing oil fields. Tampnet’s CEO, Per Helge Svensson adds: ”This contract confirms our position as the leading provider of fibre based telecom services for the offshore industry. In addition this shows that Statoil values our long-term vision of continuing to expand and maintain a highly robust and redundant subsea fibre network infrastructure. Statoil is at the forefront in this industry in terms of applying technology to improve on safety, efficiency and welfare. Once again they show that subsea fibre to their new offshore installations is regarded as a key building block in their development”.
In addition to the advantages to the Johan Sverdrup field and the offshore industry in general, the project represents an important piece in Tampnet’s pursuit of providing the main alternative routes for international connectivity for Norway and Scandinavia – avoiding the often oversubscribed and troublesome routes through continental Europe. Per Helge Svensson continues: “Tampnet is already becoming a key supplier for the growing data center industry in Norway and Scandinavia, with fibre routes directly into the new and important data center developments. We provide fibre routes between these data centers and their customers in the UK and US at virtually limitless capacities, at the lowest possible latencies, through our direct and redundant fibre routes across the North Sea. The connection of the Johan Sverdrup field into our existing infrastructure contributes to the robustness and longevity of the network, Norway’s international connectivity in general, and the attractiveness of Scandinavian data centers in the international market. This is also proven by Tampnet now being the main carrier of data traffic for ultra low-latency trading between the stock exchanges of Stockholm, Oslo and London.”
Tampnet operates the largest offshore high capacity communication network in the world and serves more than 240 O&G platforms, Floating Production Storage and Offloading units (FPSOs) and exploration rigs in the GoM, as well as on the Danish, Norwegian and the UK continental shelves of the North Sea. In total, Tampnet owns and operates a redundant offshore infrastructure network based on 2,500km of subsea fibre optic cable in the North Sea, complemented with a large number of high-capacity, carrier grade radio links and an extensive 4G LTE network.
For more information, please contact:
Per Atle Sørensen, Managing Director North Sea
Phone: +47 916 43 043
Per Helge Svensson, Chief Executive Officer
Mobile: +47 905 29 868