General Dynamics to provide telecommunications solutions for Saudi Aramco

US company to engineer, furnish and install a telecommunications network for Saudi Arabian gas and oil fields.

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By  Marcus Webb Published  April 8, 2002

General Dynamics Network Systems, a business unit of the US company General Dynamics, has been awarded a contract by Saudi Aramco to engineer, furnish and install a telecommunications network for the Qatif gas and oil fields in Saudi Arabia.

Under the contract, General Dynamics will design, procure, install, test and turn over to Saudi Aramco a fully operational and commissioned telecommunications network. The work is located at several sites along the Arabian Sea in the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia, and is expected to be complete in 2004.

The network's infrastructure will include a fibre optic backbone, a mobile radio network, a telephone system, a local and wide area network using ATM switches, paging systems and other subsystems, equipment and buildings. The contract also includes the installation of video teleconferencing and Oil & Gas Dispatch and Emergency Communications (ODEC), which provides for emergency communications in the event of a fire, pipeline rupture or other emergency.

"General Dynamics is extremely pleased to continue our ongoing relationship with Saudi Aramco with the award of this latest program," said Bill Lightfoot, vice president of international systems for General Dynamics Network Systems. "Saudi Aramco knows that General Dynamics' experience in managing complex projects around the world is unrivalled."

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