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The Vocus Group telecommunications company has entered a contract with the Barossa Joint Venture to build, operate and own a high-capacity submarine fibre optic network for the proposed Barossa offshore gas project in the Bonaparte Basin, to the north of Darwin.

Under the contract, the Vocus will design, manufacture and install a 500km cable loop - the Bonaparte Basin Cable Loop (BBCL) - which will be integrated into the 2,100km Vocus North West Cable System.

Following a three-year design and construction phase, Vocus says it would hold a minimum 15-year service term for the operation and maintenance of the network.

Group Managing Director and CEO of Vocus, Kevin Russell, said: “We are pleased to build upon our position as Australia’s specialist fibre and network solutions provider. We have developed a highly robust and resilient architecture that will support Barossa and connect to our existing submarine cable assets off the North-West coast of Australia”.

“Vocus has contracted the specialist and highly experienced Alcatel Submarine Networks for cable manufacture and marine works.

“Vocus has established a clear differentiation in the market through our commitment to major infrastructure projects, and our unique capability to address these opportunities. We have an excellent record of delivering these projects on time, on budget and built to specification.”

Alain Biston, President of Alcatel Submarine Networks said: “We are delighted to continue our cooperation with Vocus with a view to supply oil and gas companies with state-of-the-art and reliable submarine networking in Australia,” said

“For offshore projects such as Barossa, this infrastructure is an important element in driving a range of reliability, productivity and safety outcomes through the provision of reliable and cost-effective network infrastructure solutions.”

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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham is a co-founder of iTWire and a 35-year veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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