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Contract awarded for part of US$4.7B gas project


A technology company has won a tender for part of a US$4.7 billion (A$6.9B) resources development off the shore of Northern Australia.

Vocus Group recently secured the telecommunications contract for the Barossa Joint Venture’s Barossa Offshore Gas Project in the Bonaparte Basin, 300km north of Darwin.

18 years of work

The successful contractor is tasked with building, operating and owning a high capacity submarine fibre optic network for the project. This will require designing, manufacturing and installing a 500km Bonaparte Basin Cable Loop as well as integrating the loop into the 2100km Vocus North West Cable System.

The contract is for a three-year design and construction phase plus at least a 15-year service term for operation and maintenance of the network. None of the job are advertised yet.

The broader project involves building a floating production storage and offloading facility, subsea production system, in-field subsea infrastructure and a gas export pipeline. The facility will separate natural gas and condensate extracted from the field with the dry gas that is transported via the export pipeline for onshore processing. Condensate will be exported directly from the facility to offtake tankers.

The proposed new gas export pipeline will be span between 260km and 290km long, and connect to the existing Bayu-Undan to Darwin pipeline in Commonwealth waters.

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“Vocus has contracted the specialist and highly experienced Alcatel Submarine Networks for cable manufacture and marine works,” group managing director and CEO Kevin Russell said in a public statement.

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