|[October 24, 2016]
RigNet and MODEC Sign Agreement to Deliver Fiber-equivalent O3b Satellite Connectivity to Offshore Brazilian FPSO Fleet
Networks, technology solutions company RigNet
and floating production service provider MODEC,
are pleased to announce an agreement to provide high-throughput, low
latency connectivity for MODEC's Floating Production Storage and
Offloading (FPSO) vessels off the coast of Brazil.
FPSOs today have become the primary production method for many offshore
oil and gas producing regions around the world. An FPSO is a floating
production system that receives fluids from a subsea reservoir through
risers, which then separate fluids into crude oil, natural gas, water
and impurities within the topsides production facilities onboard. Crude
oil stored in the storage tanks of the FPSO is offloaded onto shuttle
tankers to go to market or for further refining onshore.
RigNet will integrate the O3b satellite network solution, enabling MODEC
to deliver operational decisions in real-time through advanced
collaborative environments. Experts at onshore monitoring centres can
now work directly with offshore operators, using real-time information
to make better and faster decisions, resulting in increased production
and enhanced operating efficiency. O3b connectivity significantly
contributes to the governance of the Control of the Work required on
O3b Networks operates a Medium Earth Orbit (MEO) satellite network, much
closer to the earth than geostationary (GEO) satellites, resulting in a
75% reduction in latency which yields much better performance. The
switch to O3b, rivalling long-haul fiber in throughput and latency, will
transform offshore connectivity enabling full suite ERP, cloud
applications, real time HD video streaming, and many other key
applications that were previously impractical to use.
"Because of high-latency, we have had to establish a sub-par
communications infrastructure on board each vessel. With O3b, we can
set-up offshore as an extended environment to onshore support to
implement a consistent and efficient management system, and provide
extensive business tools to improve the Control of the Work, which will
eventually reduce operations costs," said Soichi Ide, Vice President of
MODEC do Brasil. "Crews on board an FPSO are often isolated. Having the
ability to seamlessly address any anomaly will contribute to quick
decisions to act for any safety or environmental event, and will result
in delivering better business performance, of course with better
financial performance too."
"The vision of harnessing real-time information to make better, faster
decisions resulting in greater operational efficiencies is a critical
requirement for the Offshore Industry," said Simon Maher, VP of Global
Enterprise Sales at O3b Networks. "O3b's proven communications
technology brings the same speed, performance and reliability of a
fibered connection over satellite, so the same applications used in
onshore facilities are now enabled in MODEC's offshore environments."
"We're delighted to be working with a market leader like MODEC in
providing critical connectivity to their offshore fleet of FPSOs
operating in Brazil," said Steven Pickett, CEO and president of RigNet.
"We are committed to leverage high-throughput satellite technology, like
O3b, to help continue the evolution of the Digital Oilfield."
About O3b Networks Limited
O3b Networks Ltd. is a provider of global managed communication services
and operates both a state-of-the-art fleet of high throughput, low
latency satellites and a global terrestrial infrastructure. O3b delivers
carrier-grade Data Networking Solutions to ISPs, telcos, mobile network
operators, governments and enterprises in the most remote and
inaccessible places on the planet. O3b Networks is a wholly owned
subsidiary of SES (News - Alert) (Euronext Paris and Luxembourg Stock Exchange: SESG).
MODEC is a listed company that is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan. It is
an owner/operator and Engineering Procurement Construction and
Installation (EPCI) general contractor of floating production systems
including Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO) units,
Floating Storage and Offloading (FSO) units, FLNGs, Tension Leg
Platforms (TLPs), Semi-Submersibles, Mooring Systems and new
technologies which will meet the challenges of gas production floaters.
RigNet (NASDAQ:RNET) is a leading global provider of technology
solutions serving remote locations, including energy facilities and
maritime vessels. RigNet provides solutions ranging from fully-managed
voice and data networks to more advanced applications that include video
conferencing, crew welfare, asset monitoring and real-time data
services. RigNet is based in Houston, Texas and has operations around
the globe. For more information on RigNet, please visit www.rig.net.
RigNet is a registered trademark of RigNet, Inc.
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