Tampnet wins Johan Sverdrup subsea fibre contract

31 May 2017 | Jason McGee-Abe


Tampnet has been awarded a contract by Statoil for connecting the Johan Sverdrup field to their existing 2,500km subsea fibre infrastructure in the North Sea.

Tampnet_fibre-sverdrupThis contract and turn-key project will optimise and strengthen the telecommunication infrastructure for this modern and digitalised field development.

Tampnet, a high-capacity, low-latency-based telecommunication infrastructure and services provider, operates an extensive global offshore high capacity communication network, which serves more than 240 oil and gas platforms, has carrier-grade radio links and an extensive 4G LTE network.

“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,” said Per Helge Svensson, CEO of Tampnet.

“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.”

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.

The project represents an important step 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.

Svensson added: “Tampnet is already becoming a key supplier for the growing data centre industry in Norway and Scandinavia, with fibre routes directly into the new and important data centre developments. We provide fibre routes between these data centres 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 centres 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.”