COMMUNICATIONS company SpeedCast International will provide satellite communications and network services to InterOil Corporation under a long-term contract it said was worth over $1 million.

The company will provide InterOil with a field connectivity solution, including containerised satellite data and voice communications units, network services, and mobile satellite solutions under the deal.

With this new contract, SpeedCast will be providing connectivity for 12 locations in Papua New Guinea’s Gulf Province, including base camps, construction sites and remote rig sites which require rapid mobilisation and demobilisation.

SpeedCast will expand the scope of its delivery beyond traditional satellite connectivity to include network services as well as mobile satellite solutions, employing services that use C-band, Ku-band and L-band frequencies to meet the needs of the companies.

InterOil will use the network to connect field locations for data and voice related instant messaging services.

The addition of primary and secondary satellite connections is expected to provide greater availability while the containerised rig site solution and construction site solution should deliver greater portability.

SpeedCast senior vice president of energy Keith Johnson said the company’s range of managed communications and IT solutions as well as its strong local presence on the ground was at the heart of its accelerating success servicing oil and gas customers around the world.

“In Papua New Guinea, as an example, our infrastructure including a teleport and wireless networks, as well as our local field engineering presence, are unique in the satellite sector and enable us to provide unmatched levels of services and support,” he said.