April 9, 2004 Paris -- Alcatel has signed a multi-million dollar contract to provide a fully integrated communication solution to equip an onshore gas plant and three offshore platforms of the South Pars gas field in Iran. The contract runs through 2006.
Alcatel will design, integrate, supply, install, and commission all communication systems required for phases six, seven, and eight of the South Pars gas development field, which should help Iran to establish itself as a major world gas producer. The systems will enable the country to control its overall network and operate the unmanned offshore platforms from the on-shore gas plant.
Alcatel's communication solution includes a terrestrial and submarine cable network and associated SDH optical multi-service systems interconnected to radio and fixed communication systems, safety and security systems, as well as a centralized network management platform. The project also requires specific engineering skills and strong project management capabilities.
The contract has been awarded by the joint venture TIJD, which includes Toyo Engineering Corp., Iran Industrial Development and Renovation Organization, JCG Corp., and Daelim Industrial Co. on behalf of Petropars Ltd, the main contractor of Pars Oil and Gas Co, subsidiary of the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) and the operator of the field.
"We chose Alcatel as our partner because of its experience in undertaking complex integration projects," contends Tomoharu Horiwaki, Toyo Engineering Corp., Project Manager of Engineering Office for South Pars. "We also believe that their expertise in the telecommunication field will help us better meet our customer's requirements. Alcatel's contracting experience and its understanding of the project's risks were also key factors in our decision."