In 2008 BP finished construction and commissioned the longest oil and gas dedicated submarine 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 with other oil and gas producers have since connected to the network expanding it to sixteen platforms, with more connections underway. In addition, an LTE provider is now using GoM Fiber to build and operate an offshore LTE infrastructure. This infrastructure allows GoM Fiber capacity to be extended to vessels, other platforms, individual devices and other IOT.
A continued risk GoM Fiber 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.
BP is eager to find ways to use GoM Fiber to support connectivity needs for oil and gas and other industries. If you have a use case you would like to investigate with BP, please contact BP to discuss. We feel the full potential of GoM Fiber is just waiting for the right opportunity. We are interested in expanding with more platforms as well as enabling new innovative ideas.
Phone: Toll free +1 877 4BP NTWK (+1 877 427–6895)
GoM OCT Service Delivery Manager
Phone: +1 713-870-5691
Phone: +1 281 366 4333
GCI GOM - Network Operations Center
Phone: +1 855 602 7466
Phone: +1 281 892 3030
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 above.
The mapping zones are self-descriptive by the file name suffix:
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.
Mattressing process in acion