Conoco backs Asian player for Bayu-Undan

CONOCOPHILLIPS has awarded Hong Kong telecommunications service provider SpeedCast International a multi-year, multi-million dollar contract for delivery of satellite communications services by for an asset in the Bayu-Undan field in the Timor Sea between Darwin and Timor-Leste.

With this latest contract, Australian Securities Exchange-listed SpeedCast will increase the primary satellite communications services to the ConocoPhillips operated asset in a relationship that has thus far spanned a decade.

The SpeedCast service will provide high speed connectivity between ConocoPhillips' offshore production facilities in the Bayu-Undan field in the Timor Sea and its regional headquarters in Perth.

With this latest contract, the size of the link will increase to 60Mbps in both directions, representing one of the largest point-to-point links for commercial purposes in the Australian region.

The high-performance IP connectivity will be used for operational and social communications, including data and voice, as well as crew welfare applications.

SpeedCast CEO Pierre-Jean Beylier said that the company's leadership position in the Australian market was testament to its ability to deliver reliable services to meet the requirements of the most demanding customers in the energy sector.

SpeedCast has been providing satellite communications services to ConocoPhillips for more than 10 years for a variety of different applications, including offshore vessels and platforms, using a wide range of satellite technologies to meet ConocoPhillips' evolving requirements.

This announcement follows SpeedCast's announced acquisitions of Hermes Datacomms in March and Geolink Satellite Services last month, which the company said would further enhance SpeedCast's products and services tailored for the energy and maritime sectors.

With over 4000 links on land and at sea supporting mission critical applications, SpeedCast offers managed networks services in over 60 countries with a global maritime network serving customers globally. Headquartered in Hong Kong, with 16 international sales and support offices and 30 teleport operations, SpeedCast has a unique infrastructure to serve the requirements of customers globally.

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