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Marlink bags ABAN Singapore communication contract

Singapore: Maritime satellite communication provider Marlink recently signed a new five year agreement with Singapore-based offshore drilling company ABAN Singapore which includes installation of Dual Stabilized Sealink(T) antennas onboard four of ABAN's Jack-up rigs. This will equip the rigs with access to Marlink's 'always-on, reliable connectivity and significantly higher bandwidth,'the company said in a statement.

"The installation of Sealink(T) VSAT offers a huge improvement in communications compared with what is traditionally available on Jack-up rigs'" said Larry Austin, operations manager, ABAN Singapore. "We will have access to always-on bandwidth even during transport to the oil field or between regions, enabling a much more efficient use of deployment time as communications work can be carried out on-route to the new location."   

Marlink's Sealink(T) Ku-band and C-band VSAT services solution is expected to increase efficiency of a multitude of critical offshore applications including real-time data management and data sharing with sites on land. In the case of ABAN, Sealink(T) has been customised to provide high bandwidth over dedicated LAN, so that rig operators can take full advantage of high quality communications services. The Dual Stabilized antenna system will enable ABAN to simplify procurement and maintenance procedures.

"VSAT has become a vital tool for the offshore oil & gas industry over the past decade, where instant collaboration with engineers and suppliers on land within the 'intelligent oilfield' environment can greatly improve efficiency and profitability. Sealink(T) is chosen because of the bandwidth and reliability it offers, in addition to predictable costs and more flexibility for the users," says Tore Morten Olsen, CEO, Marlink.   [09/10/09]


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