Omantel Wins Khazzan Gas Field Telecoms Contract
Published on: 10th Feb 2016
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Oman based Omantel has won a contract from NP Oman to deploy a mobile telecoms network for the Khazzan Gas Project. The contract calls for a communications network spanning an area of 2,800 square kilometres.
Once operational, the network will be delivering fixed and mobile voice and broadband solutions (LTE and GPON) for BP Oman and its contractors on site.
During the project startup phase, telecommunication services will be initially supplied through a series of microwave links due to its high flexibly in providing connectivity without getting impacted by the massive project work on ground. This setup will then transition to a permanently installed fiber optic network in a self-healing rings topology, with the microwave links retained as a system backup.
The Khazzan gas field-Block 61 is operated by BP Oman with 60% shares in partnership with Oman Oil Company Exploration & Production holding 40%. The development of the project involves a 15 year drilling programme for around 300 gas wells which will ultimately deliver a daily production capacity of one billion cubic feet of gas, equal to around a third of Oman's total daily gas requirement. Construction work on the Khazzan Project is already underway with the first supplies expected in late 2017.
Saif Al Sawafi, Regional IT&S Integration Manager at BP Oman noted, "Geographically, Oman has a challenging terrain, which often makes it difficult for our teams who operate in remote areas to stay connected and communicate within the Sultanate, or indeed with our colleagues around the world. Omantel has a unique and unrivalled experience in designing and operating communications networks in remote areas and we are confident that the Khazzan Project will benefit immensely from this new partnership,."