Alcatel-Lucent scores comms contract for $29bn Chevron natural gas plant in WA

Alcatel-Lucent scores comms contract for $29bn Chevron natural gas plant in WA

Setting a clear goal to target the resource and energy sector has paid off for the communications vendor


Communications vendor, Alcatel-Lucent, has been hired to rollout an essential communications and security system for Chevron’s $29 billion liquefied natural gas (LNG) processing plant in Wheatstone, Western Australia.

The contract was awarded to global engineering firm, Bechtel, which struck a deal with Chevron late last year for the front-end engineering and design of Wheatstone plant project. The plant is due to be completed in 2014.

According to Alcatel-Lucent, it will implement a complete communications, security and entertainment system. This includes broadband, TV for living areas using technologies from a number of vendors, IP telephony along with CCTV and UPS systems.

The vendor will work closely with Bechtel on the rollout.

Communications networks are becoming increasingly important in the resources and energy sector, Alcatel-Lucent Australia president and managing director, Sean O’Halloran said.

“The difference is with projects like Wheatstone, the scale, remote location and specific project requirement add substantial degree of complexity to design and deployment,” he said in a statement.

“We’ve been an integral part of Australia’s telecommunications infrastructure for generations, we set a clear strategic goal to target new markets like oil and gas and it’s great that experience is translating into such a significant project at Wheatstone.”

The vendor’s experience in the resources and energy industry includes building a major communications network for ConocoPhillips LNG project in Darwin.

The Wheatstone contract win also presents opportunities for local construction, installation and testing suppliers, according to Alcatel-Lucent.

Aside from the National Broadband Network (NBN), the Wheatstone LNG plant is one of the largest infrastructure projects in the country.

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