Intellian, RigNet JV to provide Communication Solutions for Rigs
Intellian, a global leader in satellite communication antenna systems, has been successfully selected as the hardware partner on RigNet’s recently announced contract to provide remote communications solutions to a premium offshore driller across its entire global fleet of existing and newbuild rigs.
RigNet, a leading global provider of remote managed communications solutions, telecoms systems integration services and collaborative applications to the oil and gas industry, will provide comprehensive solutions across the customer’s fleet of jackups, drillships and semisubmersibles operating in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico, Asia Pacific, Europe and Africa regions. The contract will require Intellian to supply 17 v240M terminals, delivering the combination of flexibility and robustness key to enabling the provision of reliable remote communications solutions.
The Intellian v240M, a 2.4m multi-band maritime antenna, is the first VSAT antenna designed for the maritime industry with fully automatic switching between Ku-band and C-band. Multi-band satellite communications are becoming an increasingly important capability in the offshore oil and gas market. Vessels operate in a wide geographic area to enable them to maximize vessel returns and therefore require the ability to switch frequency bands as they move between operational areas.
“RigNet counts on advanced terminals to satisfy growing demand for intelligent oilfield solutions driven by the increasing complexity of offshore drilling operations,” said Mark Slaughter, RigNet’s CEO and President. “The automatic switching capabilities of the Intellian v240M terminal help meet these requirements, while delivering the reliability and robustness our customers demand.”
Eric Sung, Intellian CEO, commented: “This contract is an important one for Intellian as it recognizes the quality and reliability of our terminals to deliver superior performance in the most challenging operating environments. We are delighted to be selected to work with RigNet, a company uniquely positioned to provide the mission critical service and support demanded by the offshore drilling industry.”