SIEMENS COMMUNICATION PROJECTS

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PROJECT PROFILE 2
CLIENT: SIEMENS COMMUNICATION PROJECTS
TITLE: INSTALLATION OF THE LANDING SEGMENTS OF THE LAGOS TO BONY FIBRE OPTIC CABLE LINKS.

One of the earliest projects undertaken by a Nigerian company on the national fibre optic cable backbone of NITEL was the subcontract by Siemens Communications Projects group to Telnet Nigeria Limited in the subsidiary led by key personnel of ADL Solutions; to install the Landing segments of the Lagos – Bony festoon fibre optic cable link at:

  • Escravos
  • Forcados
  • Warri, and
  • Brass.

A total of 27.5 kilometres of fibre optic cable was buried at these sites. In addition to installation of the fibre optic cables, the team was further sub-contracted to install the:

  • Transmission equipment, and
  • Power Systems

The power systems included diesel generators and solar power systems with its associated battery system. The contracts for the installation of the transmission and power systems included Bonny Island station.

Installation of the radio huts housing all these equipment, fencing, breaking and reinstatement of road were also carried out by Team.

Materials deliveries to all the sites on these projects, except Warri, were only possible by water. This made logistical support particularly trying. Co-ordinating land haulage from Lagos with barge and Tugboat operation at the Port towns of Warri and Port Harcourt was certainly an interesting experience for our team.

Over 340 tonnes of materials were hauled from Lagos to the various project sites.

The team we had in this project, did pride ourselves on our competence in managing multidisciplinary activities and these projects were a true test in this regard. Bulldozers were mobilised to clear tracks in mangrove forests in Brass and Forcados and  significant part of a large body of water (over 250 metres wide on the short side and over 2 metres deep) was sand-filled to createdriveway for laying the fibre cables in Brass.

Extensive soil strengthening was required in Forcados in combating erosion along the cable route.

The contracts for these projects and their implementation were effected in phases from first quarter 1996 to second quarter 1997.The projects were concluded to the satisfaction of the customer, Siemens and NITEL.

Our biggest success was in ensuring that no accident occurred in spite of the communal disturbances recorded in the Niger Delta area in 1996 and 1997. The communities were equally pleased with the level of co-operation exhibited by our engineers.

Particular caution was taken in ensuring that the canadianrxon.com Health Safety and Environmental (HSE) regulations of the Oil producing companies, on whose premises the bulk of the work were performed, were fully adhered to install the landing segments of the Lagos-Bonny fiber optic cable link at: Escravos, Forcados, Brass and Warri