Fugro Helps Xtera Finalise High-Speed Fibre-Optic Cable Route Between Norway and UK

Fugro has begun a pre-installation and route engineering survey project to support their client, Xtera, on the NO-UK submarine cable.

The Fugro Galaxy (pictured) is supporting Fugro’s offshore activities on their pre-installation and route engineering survey project for Xtera

Fugro Press Release
August 3, 2020

Bremen, GERMANY – Fugro has begun a pre-installation and route engineering survey project to support their client, Xtera, on NO-UK’s major fibre-optic cable installation between Norway and the UK. Xtera has engaged Fugro to help make the NO-UK cable system one of the most secure data traffic routes across the North Sea by advising on final route selection and specifying the required burial conditions to minimise risk of cable damage from anchoring and trawling.

With a capacity of up to 216 terabits per second, the new fibre-optic cable system will significantly increase data capacity between Norway and the rest of the world and will be in service by late 2021. Enabling risk-free installation, and employing a consultative engineering approach, Fugro’s project will run for approximately 70 days and comprises a geophysical survey, and shallow geotechnical testing with environmental sampling, analysis and testing, to generate a thorough understanding of the planned route. The Fugro Galaxy, Fugro’s multipurpose 65 m vessel, is supporting the offshore activities and Xtera will benefit from near-real-time Geo-data access and office-based support via various proprietary remote technologies, including Fugro’s Back2Base™.

Joerg Schwartz, Chief Partners and Solutions Officer for Xtera, said: “With our customer NO-UK, we look forward to working with Fugro as part of the team, bringing their professionalism and quality approach to data acquisition, analysis and route selection. This critical phase of the project must be completed on time for us to maintain the overall project schedule, and that is where Fugro’s depth of resource, experience and commitment to project success really count.”

Malte Cesson, Fugro’s Commercial Manager for Cable Route Surveys, added: “We are extremely pleased to partner with Xtera for such an important project, which is a key milestone for broadband connectivity between Norway and the UK. Our expert services during the crucial planning and engineering phase will optimise the final route of this important communications infrastructure project to help mitigate risk and deliver value through our Geo-data insights.”


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Malte Cesson [email protected]

About Fugro

Fugro is the world’s leading Geo-data specialist, collecting and analysing comprehensive information about the Earth and the structures built upon it. Adopting an integrated approach that incorporates acquisition and analysis of Geo-data and related advice, Fugro provides solutions. With expertise in site characterisation and asset integrity, clients are supported in the safe, sustainable and efficient design, construction and operation of their assets throughout the full lifecycle.

Employing approximately 9,500 talented people in 61 countries, Fugro serves clients around the globe, predominantly in the energy and infrastructure industries, both offshore and onshore. In 2019, revenue amounted to EUR?1.6 billion. The company is listed on Euronext Amsterdam.

About Xtera

Xtera is an innovative provider of subsea systems and telecoms technology. The company supplies both unrepeatered and repeatered networks, delivering traffic directly inland to data centres and cities. Xtera consistently challenges industry norms, creating robust solutions that are tailored to each individual customer, whether that be for the provision of a system, an open architecture design or individual network elements. Xtera’s turnkey project management expertise and system integration capability is offered in combination with solid industry partnerships and provides operators with the confidence for Xtera to design, build and commission submarine cable solutions that deliver high performance, capacity and end-to-end capability.

Visit www.xtera.com for more information.

About NO-UK Com

NO-UK Com is the consortium building the fibre cable between Norway – UK connection and comprises Altibox Carrier as the operator, Haugaland Kraft, BKK, Ryfylke IKS, Green Mountain, Polysys and Hatteland Group. The NO-UK cable is an open cable system providing a total of eight dark fibre pairs from Stavanger to Newcastle. Through Altibox Carrier the consortium can offer dark fibre or capacity backhaul routes to any major PoP in the Nordics or UK.

Visit www.altiboxcarrier.com for more information.