TE News: SubCom Commences Production of Chevron Big Foot Network

Deep Water Cable System to Provide Critical Communications Technology to Offshore Production Facility


February 19, 2013

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Courtney McDaniel
TE SubCom

EATONTOWN, NJ, USA - February 19, 2013 --

TE SubCom, a TE Connectivity Ltd. company and an industry pioneer in undersea communications technology, today announced that work is underway for Chevron U.S.A. Inc.’s Big Foot offshore facility undersea fiber optic communications system in the deepwater U.S. Gulf of Mexico. Under terms of a contract awarded to TE SubCom in April 2012, the cable system is slated for completion in December 2013.

Big Foot is a tension-leg platform located approximately 225 miles south of New Orleans, LA in water depths of 1,600 meters (5,200 feet). 61km of submarine cable, along with a dynamic riser and various subsea equipment, will connect to a branching unit of an existing network using SubCom’s proprietary OADM branching unit technology. The Big Foot transmission requirements will be met by SubCom’s leading submarine line terminating equipment installed on the facility and in landing stations located in Mississippi and Texas.  SubCom will be responsible for the installation, testing and commissioning of the cable system, and will be manufacturing all equipment needed for the project in its Newington, NH facilities.

“The Big Foot cable system will connect to the backbone of a larger system commissioned by SubCom in 2006 that was designed to support 64 platforms,” said Derek Buffitt, Director Marine Engineering Solutions, TE SubCom. “Linking the two networks with our proven, reliable technology demonstrates the real capability of our communication solutions for the oil and gas industry. As oil exploration becomes more complex and challenging, SubCom will continue to provide the technology and expertise that ensure its clients’ communications needs are always met.”

Big Foot will be Chevron's third facility connected to the deep water fiber network in the Gulf of Mexico.

About TE SubCom
TE SubCom (SubCom), a TE Connectivity Ltd. company, is an industry pioneer in undersea communications technology and marine services and a leading global supplier for today’s undersea communications requirements. Drawing on its heritage of technical innovation and industry recognized performance, SubCom delivers the most reliable, high quality solutions to organizations with undersea communications needs vital to their core mission. The company designs, manufactures and installs systems around the world, and has deployed more than 490,000km of subsea communication cable—or enough to circle the earth more than 12 times at the equator. SubCom’s global presence, backed by industry leading research and development laboratories, manufacturing facilities, installation and maintenance ships, depots, and management team work together to implement integrated solutions and network upgrades, with unsurpassed reliability, that support the needs of telecommunications, internet providers, offshore and science customers worldwide.
For more information visit www.SubCom.com.

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