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GoM Fiber Optic Network

The GoM Fiber Optic Network is a submarine fiber cable system that provides distinguished connectivity, top reliability, and nearly unlimited bandwidth between onshore and offshore oil and gas facilities in the Gulf of Mexico
Holstein platform

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.

 

Performance and capability

  • The ability to deliver up to 100 Gbps of connectivity to offshore platforms.
  • Less than 20 ms round trip latency for an 80% reduction in application response time.
  • Ability support over forty platforms and add additional branching units.
  • Ability to support wireless technologies allowing extension of capacity.

 

Key design

  • Backbone cable of over 1200 kilometers in water depths of near 2000 meters.
  • 21 branching units (2 installed after commissioning) and 25 repeaters.
  • Spurs off of branching unit up to 150 kilometers in length without repeaters.

 

Reliability

  • Proven survivability even during severe weather.
  • System is powered by fault tolerant redundant landing stations in Mississippi and Texas.
  • 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.
  • Armored cable end to end.
  • Spurs that tie in individual facilities connect to the main trunk cable with branching units.

 

Protecting the network

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.

 

Expanding GoM Fiber

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.

 

Contacts

Email: gomfiber@bp.com

Phone: Toll free +1 877 4BP NTWK (+1 877 427–6895)

Fiber location, installation and cable crossings

Patrick Day
GoM OCT Service Delivery Manager
Email: patrick.day@bp.com
Phone: +1 713-870-5691

 

GIS data and mapping information

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

Network operations

GCI GOM - Network Operations Center

Email: gcigomalarms@gci.com

Phone: +1 855 602 7466

 

Network design and expansion

Greg Otto

Telecommunications Architect

Email: greg.otto@bp.com

Phone: +1 281 892 3030

Location downloads
Fiber GIS data
Pipeline crossings
Fiber GIS data

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 above.

Auto Cad files

 

The mapping zones are self-descriptive by the file name suffix:

 

UTM15F27

  • Projection: Universal Transverse Mercator Zone 15 North
  • Datum: North American Datum of 1927
  • Ellipsoid: Clarke Ellipsoid of 1866
  • Distance Units: US Survey feet

 

UTM16F27

  • Projection: Universal Transverse Mercator Zone 16 North
  • Datum: North American Datum of 1927
  • Ellipsoid: Clarke Ellipsoid of 1866
  • Distance Units: US Survey feet

AL_West_83_USfeet

  • Projection: Alabama State Plane Coordinate System Western Zone (Transverse Mercator)
  • Datum: North American Datum 1983
  • Ellipsoid: GRS80
  • Distance Units: US Survey feet

AL_West_83_USfeet

  • Projection: Mississippi State Plane Coordinate System Eastern Zone (Transverse Mercator)
  • Datum: North American Datum 1983
  • Ellipsoid: GRS80
  • Distance Units: US Survey feet

TXSC83

  • Projection: Texas State Plane Coordinate System South Central Zone
  • Datum: North American Datum 1983
  • Ellipsoid: GRS80
  • Distance Units: US Survey feet

TXSC27

  • Projection: Texas State Plane Coordinate SystemSouth Central Zone
  • Datum: North American Datum 1927
  • Ellipsoid: Clarke Ellipsoid of 1866
  • Distance Units: US Survey feet

 

Pipeline crossings

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.

Mattressing process in acion