Nexans, the worldwide leader in the cable industry, has been awarded a contract to supply all the submarine and land fiber optic cable, as well as cable accessories to create a new telecommunications link between Kuwait and Iran.
The contract, which includes branches to Failakah (Kuwait) and Kharg (Iran) islands and the Soorosh oil platform, has been awarded by Emirates Telecommunications & Marine Services FZE (e-marine) who are constructing the link on behalf of the Kuwait Ministry of Communications (MOC) and the Telecommunications Company of Iran (TCI).
The total system route is approximately 380 km straight across the Gulf from Kuwait City to Ganeveh in Iran, including land cables in both countries. The cable will be of the unrepeatered type URC-1 with 12 optical fibres providing an initial capacity of 2.5 Gigabit/second, upgradeable in accordance with future traffic requirements, with heavy armour protection giving a total cable weight of approximately 900 tonnes. The submarine cable will be laid at a depth of up to 50 m.
The submarine cable, manufactured in Nexans' Rognan plant located in the northern part of Norway, is scheduled for delivery in June 2005. The accessories will be shipped out from Rognan together with the main cable. The land cable with accessories will be shipped from Oslo.