Macondo


21.04.2010

The Macondo prospect is located at 4,993 feet (1,522 meters) of water in Mississippi Canyon Block 252 in the Gulf of Mexico. Following the wellhead blowout, a large number of ships rushed to site to work on the oil flow. By Friday September 19, pressure testing confirmed that the well was officially dead. The next task was to fit a Blowout Preventer (BOP) and stop any further leaks.

 

With the eyes of the U.S Government on the outcome of this last critical step, the project needed increased visibility and communication in order to monitor the operation. This included the ability of all the vessels involved to simultaneously access high definition images from a number of different Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs) all in real-time.

Macondo

Challenges

  • Schedule, the fast-track nature of the project required an extremely fast turnaround on the part of the nCentric.
  • Communication, the network had to be able to accommodate ongoing vessel movements and possible obstructions.
  • Reliability, the client demanded that nCentric guarantee that the communications system would work flawlessly and without interruption throughout the operation.
  • Interference, a system was required that could tolerate interference from multiple different frequencies without affecting its performance.

 

 

Solution

  • nCentric’s system seamlessly met the exacting video streaming requirements of the project.
  • nCentric Inc. met the exacting communications requirements of the Thunder Horse remediation project by deploying its State-Of-The-Art wireless mesh network.
  • nCentric deployed its new-generation offshore wireless mesh network, the first system of its kind in the world.

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