GoM Fiber Optic Network

Background

In 2007 and 2008 BP constructed the longest Oil & Gas dedicated fiber optic network in the world.  The system initially linked seven of BP’s deepwater platforms with the BP enterprise via cable landing stations in Mississippi and Texas.  Starting in 2009 multiple other Oil & Gas producers have since connected to the network, with more connections planned. 

The GoM Fiber Optic Network is a resource that provides high performance connectivity, unprecedented reliability, and bandwidth capacity between onshore and offshore facilities in the Gulf of Mexico.  BP would like to welcome other operators to join in this valuable resource.

Key features

  • The ability to deliver up to 10 gbps of connectivity to offshore platforms with a latency of less than 20 ms
  • 1216-km system of backbone and spurs reaches a depth of almost 2000 meters
  • 80% reduction in application response times versus the existing satellite communications
  • Proven survivability even during severe weather with 100% redundant landing stations, with no loss of connectivity to date

Protecting the Network

The biggest risk to the GoM fiber optic network is from external aggression such as fishing, pipeline crossings, anchors and other materials on the seabed being laid or dragged across the cable. 

BP provides route location data for easier project planning including maps and a database for detailed coordinates. 

If you find that a crossing can't be avoided, contact a member of the team and they'll work with you to complete the sample crossing agreement and determine proper protection methods.

Location

General Information

  • 1216 km repeatered system with 20 branching units and 25 repeaters.
  • The system is buried to a target of one meter in water depths up to 800 meters
  • The system is surface laid in water depths exceeding 800 meters
  • The cable is two inches in diameter
  • Spurs that tie in individual facilities connect to the main trunk cable with branching units
  • The cable also transmits electrical power for the repeaters and branching units

Fiber GIS Data

Continuing in its effort to keep the network safe, BP makes the exact location data available. Find GIS map data for surveyors, land administrators, drillers and anyone needing to download the data to their own databases.

Data has been transformed to the various projection by using Blue Marble Geographics and Trimble Terramodel Software.

For more information contact the GIS Mapping and Data Information contact listed below.

Shapefiles

All shapefiles  are WGS84 latitude longitude based - see I...file metadata for more information.

Auto Cad files

The mapping zones are self-descriptive by the file name suffix:
  • Projection: Universal Transverse Mercator Zone 15 North
  • Datum: North American Datum of 1927
  • Ellipsoid: Clarke Ellipsoid of 1866
  • Distance Units: US Survey feet
  • Projection: Universal Transverse Mercator Zone 16 North
  • Datum: North American Datum of 1927
  • Ellipsoid: Clarke Ellipsoid of 1866
  • Distance Units: US Survey feet
  • Projection: Alabama State Plane Coordinate System Western Zone (Transverse Mercator)
  • Datum: North American Datum 1983
  • Ellipsoid: GRS80
  • Distance Units: US Survey feet
  • Projection: Mississippi State Plane Coordinate System Eastern Zone (Transverse Mercator)
  • Datum: North American Datum 1983
  • Ellipsoid: GRS80
  • Distance Units: US Survey feet
  • Projection: Texas State Plane Coordinate System South Central Zone
  • Datum: North American Datum 1983
  • Ellipsoid: GRS80
  • Distance Units: US Survey feet
  • Projection: Texas State Plane Coordinate System
  • South Central Zone
  • Datum: North American Datum 1927
  • Ellipsoid: Clarke Ellipsoid of 1866
  • Distance Units: US Survey feet

Pipeline crossings

If you find you need to cross the fiber optic network, BP will work with you to keep the integrity of the system intact.

In many cases the fiber is buried, but further out to sea it isn't. During construction BP encountered times when it had to cross existing pipelines and took every precaution needed, such as laying mattresses.

Contacts

Contact the team

E-mail: gomfiber@bp.com
Toll-free: +1 877 4BP NTWK (+1 877 427-6895)

Contact for fiber location, installation and cable crossings

Newt Jackson
GoM Field Digital Infrastructure Manager
E-mail: newton.jackson@bp.com
Phone: +1 504 282 7790

GIS data and mapping information

Jason Lee
GIS Analyst
E-mail: jason.lee@bp.com
Phone: +1 281 366 4333

Network operations

GCI GOM - Network Operations Center
E-mail: gcigomalarms@gci.com
Phone: +1 855 602 7466

Network design and expansion

Greg Otto
Telecommunications Architect
E-mail: greg.otto@bp.com
Phone: +1 281 892 3030