The facility will be the first of its kind in the world and at 600,000 tonnes, the largest floating structure ever built.
The TSC consortium, which will construct the platform, is made up of Technip, a French global engineering, project management and construction company for the energy industry and South Korea-based Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI), one of the world's largest shipbuilding and offshore development and construction companies.
According to Alcatel-Lucent, the communications system will enhance safety and maintain critical communications links with other vessels, aircraft and on-shore facilities for operational and emergency support, and provide much needed entertainment and communications services for the crew living on board the facility for long periods of time.
The contract is the latest of several awarded to Alcatel-Lucent for communications systems for oil and gas productions facilities in Australia, both onshore and offshore.
In January the company was awarded a contract by global engineering firm Bechtel to build a communications network for the facility being build by Chevron in Western Australia to process gas from its offshore Wheatstone field.
At $29b for both the offshore elements of the program (platforms and pipelines) and the onshore facilities, Wheatstone was then the largest infrastructure project in Australia, after the National Broadband Network.
That project was the largest of its type undertaken by Alcatel-Lucent globally and followed a decision taken by the company locally two years ago to focus on the non-telco sector communications infrastructure market. It was the company's second project of its type in Australia. In 2008 it completed a similar installation for ConocoPhillips' LNG plant in Darwin.
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