XSite Modular to build cable landing station for SISCC

XSite Modular to build cable landing station for SISCC

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XSite Modular, a design-builder of modular cable landing stations, has been awarded the contract to build four cable landing stations for the Solomon Islands Submarine Cable Company Limited (SISCC).

The project is due for completion by mid-2019 and the cable landing stations will be deployed in Honiara, Auki, Noro, and Taro in the Solomon Islands, with an additional structure to be built as an office space for the company’s headquarters in Honiara.

“Our cable landing stations can withstand the worst natural disasters, security threats and failure scenarios imaginable,” said Amy Marks (pictured), CEO, XSite Modular. “The permanent steel and concrete buildings are designed to a 50-year lifespan and constructed using modular technology, which is ideal for environments such as these. We’re honoured to have been awarded this contract and are excited to be a part of the great work being done by our partners in this region.”

The new stations will form part of SISCC’s subsea cable network for the Solomon Islands, which includes the Coral Sea Cable System (CSCS), a 4,700km submarine cable linking Sydney, Australia and Port Moresby in Papua New Guinea and Honiara in the Solomon Islands. As well as the Solomon Islands Domestic Network (SIDN), a 730km subsea network linking Taro in Choiseul Province, Noro in Western Province and Auki in Malaita Province to SISCC’s international hub in Honiara.

“XSite’s modular approach made design and construction of the structures easily customizable and able to meet both the strict delivery and budget demands of this ambitious project,” said Keir Preedy, CEO, SISCC. “Most crucially, XSite provides best-in-class and proven building techniques that offer the safety and reliability guarantees that are simply without compromise. We’re pleased to have them as our partner in developing and implementing this critical infrastructure for the Solomon Islands.”

Both the CSCS and SIDN cables are largely grant funded by the Commonwealth of Australia as part of its Official Development Assistance program under a Memorandum of Understanding entered into by the governments of Australia, Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands in July 2018. These landing stations make up part of the landing party infrastructure that SISCC must provide under these agreements.

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