Motorola Australia announces the successful completion of a dedicated communications network for Queensland Gas Corporation’s (QGC) liquefied natural gas project in southern Queensland.
QGC’s LNG project is one of Australia’s largest capital infrastructure projects, involving exploration and development in southern and central Queensland, and transporting gas through a 540km underground pipeline network to Curtis Island, near Gladstone, where it will be liquefied.
Valued at AUD$32 million, QGC’s communications network is now one of the largest TETRA wireless networks in Australia, having expanded from its original scope to include all communications in the field while the organisation’s fibre network is being deployed.
The expanded scope has ensured the company will successfully meet its exploration schedule by enabling the gathering of telemetry information at the wellhead and transmission of data in real-time to its central command centres.
The evolving data capabilities of the digital technology have enabled QGC to use the TETRA network for all of its critical communications in the field. The backbone microwave network is currently supporting CCTV cameras in remote areas, as well as operational functions such as email, telephony and printing.
Motorola Solutions has been working with QGC on the deployment of the 28-site digital radio network since 2011. The microwave and TETRA digital radio system provides a wide area communication network, linking the central processing plant in the gas fields to its processing plants, field compression stations, main line valve stations, Chinchilla office and logistics facility, and its corporate office in Brisbane.
The microwave and TETRA telecommunications infrastructure includes vehicle terminals with GPS tracking, handheld terminals, desk terminals, dispatcher console and voice recording facility. More than 1,500 devices have been deployed for staff on the ground.
With microwave infrastructure throughput capacity reaching 200MB on larger links within the network, QGC has been able to utilise the network to not only enhance safety, but also meet its exploration schedule through the gathering of telemetry information and transmission of critical data such as maps and seismic readings across its remote sites.