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Energy & Mining

Energy & Mining Industry

With the globalization of the energy and mining industries, many energy and mining companies start investment and exploitation abroad. Energy resources and mines are usually distributed in remote places, or even at sea or in deserts. It is imperative for energy and mining companies to build a stable and efficient communications network.

 Communication requirements of energy and mining companies:
  1. As the process from exploration to exploitation takes a long time, an energy or mining company often sets up a permanent camp, or even sets up multiple camps in the local area. The following requirements must be met to ensure the production, employee life quality, and safety in camps: 
    • A communications network must be constructed among various camps to handle voice, data, and video applications.
    • A communications network must be constructed between various camps and the headquarters to handle voice, data, and video applications.
    • Satellite TV services must be provided to the camps to meet the recreational requirements of employees. 
  2. Data security and link reliability must be ensured because the development of the energy and mining industries is guided by national strategies. It is imperative for energy and mining companies to establish data security mechanisms and disaster recovery links. 
  3. The communication of offshore platforms and dockyards with headquarters and other organizations is an important application requirement of the energy industry.  
To meet the preceding requirements, LiveCom provides customized solutions and services to multiple energy and mining companies in China. 

Case 1:

A petroleum development company has a branch in Uganda, including an office center in the capital Kampala and a camp set up in an oilfield. LiveCom designs the following solution to enable communication among the office, oilfield, and headquarters (located in China):
  1. A mesh network of link connections is built using a satellite link to enable communication between the office and oilfield camp, between the office and a European satellite ground station, and between the oilfield camp and the European satellite ground station. The European satellite ground station interworks with the network of the company's headquarters in China via a submarine cable-based private line network to enable office network interconnection.
  2. The satellite bandwidth is designed as 4 Mbps over single channel per carrier (SCPC)-specific links to handle the voice, video, and data services among the office, oilfield camp, and European satellite ground station.
  3. The solution provides Internet access services to the office and project camp in Africa via the Internet backbone link in Europe.
  4. Based on customer requirements, the solution design includes firewall and encryption equipment, an online behavior management system, and a network acceleration system to ensure the security and reliability of the system.
Figure 1 Private line network topology

 Figure2 Design plan for network security and network behavior management

Case 2:

A petroleum and gas engineering company sets up an offshore drilling platform in Burma. To enable communication between the drilling platform and a ground-based command center, LiveCom establishes a satellite communications link for handling voice, video, and Internet access services. See Figure 3.
Figure 3 satellite communications between the offshore drilling platform and ground-based control center

The offshore drilling platform is a mobile platform and may float vertically due to the impact of sea waves. Therefore, the drilling platform must be equipped with a Satcom on the Move (SOTM) satellite receiver system fitted with an automatic satellite tracking antenna. This solution uses a 1.2 m, 3-axis SOTM antenna system featuring automatic satellite searching and tracking. With the global positioning system (GPS), the antenna system automatically searches for and tracks a satellite even when the drilling platform floats vertically due to the impact of sea waves. The antenna is always pointed to a satellite to prevent link disconnection. Figure 4 shows a SOTM onboard antenna fitted with a protective enclosure to resist wind, rain, and corrosion.

Figure 4 SOTM onboard antenna

Case 3:

Enterprise camp voice solution: A joint-venture mining company located in the Democratic Republic of Congo needs to build a system to handle voice calls between the local mining camp and the office in China. The system must also allow employees in Congo to call those in China and vice versa by using mobile phones and fixed-line phones. LiveCom provides a 2 Mbps/2 Mbps private line and enables interworking with LiveCom's NGN platform in Hong Kong to offer free-of-charge call services among employees in the office in Congo and among employees in the office in China and offer ultralow-tariff call services between employees in Congo and those in China by using mobile phones and fixed-line phones.

Figure 5 International voice call solution