Harris CapRock To Support Drilling Project off Angola

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Harris Caprock Communications landed a contract with Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) of Seoul, South Korea, to provide a telecommunications solution including satellite connectivity for an oil-drilling platform to be located off the coast of Angola, Harris CapRock announced Dec. 23.

The value of the multiyear contract supporting the Mafumeira Sul oil-drilling project is $8.4 million, said Alix Hornig, a spokeswoman for Fairfax, Va.-based Harris CapRock. “This solution includes extensive satellite components for the network, with wide-ranging systems integration requirements,” she said in an emailed response to questions.

Harris CapRock’s Houston-based Global Energy Solutions business will be providing an integrated telecommunications network consisting of microwave radio, marine and aviation radio, radar, IP telephony, closed-circuit entertainment, and other services, Hornig said. The system will be fully tested before installation at multiple sites in the world including South Korea, she said.

The Mafumeira Sul project will be located some 25 kilometers offshore in about 60 meters of water, Harris CapRock said. The project, now in its second stage of development, is expected to reach oil by 2015 and eventually produce 110,000 barrels of crude oil and 10,000 barrels of liquefied petroleum gas per day.

“This agreement establishes us as DSME’s communications partner and extends our footprint in the growing oil and natural gas market in western Africa,” Tracey Haslam, president of global energy solutions at Harris CapRock, said in a prepared statement.