ITC Global Awarded Long-term Contract For Ultra-Deepwater Project in Western Africa
ITC Global, a leading provider of satellite communications to remote and harsh environments, announced today that it has been awarded a multimillion dollar contract to provide remote offshore communications to two floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessels in Western Africa. The seven-year, $6.5 million contract, awarded by Saipem, is part of the Kaombo Field Development Project in offshore Angola. The ultra-deepwater contract is one of the most significant offshore projects in the world today, dedicated to developing oil deposits spread across six different fields with water depths of 1,400 to 1,900 meters (4,600-6,200 feet).
Saipem is a world leader in drilling services, as well as in the engineering, procurement, construction and installation of pipelines and complex projects in the oil and gas market. Saipem was awarded contracts for the installation and commissioning, and operation and maintenance services for the FPSO vessels, which are owned by leading European-based oil and gas company, Total.
"This award speaks to ITC Global's reputation for delivering reliable communications for highly complex projects in key geographic regions for our customers across the oil and gas sector," said Joe Spytek, Chief Executive Officer, ITC Global. "Our customers continue to count on us for their long-term requirements in Western Africa, where we are able to leverage our local presence and expertise."
The FPSOs will both be outfitted with two C-band stabilized antenna systems, delivering between 5 and 10 Mbps high data rate service to each vessel.
"It's a great example of what ITC Global can do in the current market environment in terms of partnering with a customer to understand their long-term requirements and developing a solution that still delivers more bandwidth and better performance while providing significant cost efficiencies," continued Spytek.
In December, ITC Global announced that it had been awarded multiple offshore communications contracts for five separate FPSO vessels operating in the Congo, Angola, and Equatorial Guinea. This latest award solidifies ITC Global as one of the industry's most stable and trusted providers. ITC Global was acquired by Panasonic Corporation in 2015. The organization has a long-term strategy for growth that includes an expanding network portfolio of traditional wide beam, high throughput and extreme high throughput capacity, delivering near 100% uptime with coverage spanning 98% of the world's most trafficked maritime routes. As the world's largest buyer of commercial space segment, Panasonic is revolutionizing today's VSAT market with game-changing pricing and service delivery.
China’s Broad Group builds 10-storey apartment in 28 hours
The China-based manufacturing enterprise Broad Group has managed to construct a 10-storey steel apartment building in just over a day. Constructed in the city of Changsha in China, the company used bolt-together modular units known as its “Living Building System”.
A video time-lapse showing the build process. Video: Broad Group.
Broad Group, a manufacturing company based in Changsha, constructs a range of air-conditioning, heating, and prefabricated structural units. It accomplished the challenge in 28 hours and 45 minutes, enlisting help from three cranes and an on-site workforce.
Broad Group’s “Living Building” system
Designed to be easy to transport and install, Broad Group’s “Living Building” system uses components that are able to fit into a standard shipping container, and then be bolted together when they reach the site. Ductwork and wiring are fitted directly by the factory, the company said.
As part of the system, Broad Group’s B-Core steel slabs are used as structural elements which, the company claims are 10-times lighter and 100-times stronger than conventional slabs. The company also says they have the ability to resist earthquakes and typhoons, and that it costs less than a carbon steel building and has low energy consumption.
Broad Group also says that buildings of up to 200 storeys, supertall towers, could be built using the same modules due to the B-Core steel slabs’ strength and lightness.
Other Broad Group projects
Broad Group has completed other significant projects in the past. In 2012, for instance, it attempted to build the tallest tower in the world in Changsha at 838m, which would have made it 10m taller than the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. The company claimed it could have made the building, named Sky City, in just eight months. However, due to not receiving approval, it was never built.
In 2015, the company accomplished another “speed-build” challenge, constructing a 57-story tower using the “Living Building system”. It was completed in just 19 days.