Jan 28, 2016

Telco targets Charlie gas development

Telco targets Charlie gas development

Queensland-based March IT is targeting businesses working on QGC’s $1.7 billion Charlie gas development as it rolls out new remote telecommunications services in the Surat Basin.

Director – business development Geoff Marsh described SuratConnect, launched this week, as a natural evolution to expand March IT’s offering in the region.

The initial product rollout had focused on the Charlie development area to ensure workers had access to communications for safety and wellbeing from the start of the project life, he said.

“Works are just beginning at Charlie and interest so far has been from drill rig operators and construction companies working on the project,” he said.

“We expect demand will surge as construction ramps up in the coming months and will be sustained over the next two years.

“March IT is already planning the rollout of SuratConnect coverage throughout Chinchilla, Roma, Miles and Wandoan for 2016.”

The Charlie development west of Wandoan involves the construction of 300-400 wells, a large field compression station and associated pipelines and facilities which will feed into existing gas processing and water infrastructure at Woleebee Creek

Mr Marsh said the project had been announced at a time when businesses in the region were experiencing dropping workloads and tightening budgets.

“With major LNG construction projects coming to completion, this project is providing a boost to the local economy when it is needed,” he said.

March IT says SuratCONNECT will provide businesses with improved productivity compared to satellite and 3G data services, increased reliability for office technologies such as VPN, VoIP telephony, Skype, FaceTime and internet browsing, mobility through enterprise-grade Wi-Fi solutions, security to block potentially illegal peer-to-peer downloads, and the certainty of an unlimited data allowance and no long-term contract.

The company has provided communications for almost 4000 CSG workers to date, delivering nearly 600Mbps to sites between Dalby and Injune since 2013.

Mr Marsh said it had developed about $7 million worth of infrastructure in the region.

With a head office in Brisbane, he said the team operated on a fly-in, fly-out basis for Surat Basin work and contracted local suppliers.

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