Gimba Mohammed, Head of Public Sector Sales at MainOne dropped the hint at the annual conference of the Petroleum Technology Association of Nigeria (PETAN).
MainOne say the proposed link will significantly improve connectivity services in the Niger Delta and let oil companies access the Internet more effectively and also interconnect with their home offices.
Mohammed told the conference that specifically, the project will enhance connectivity of digital oil fields to MainOne’s premier Tier III Data Center, MDX-i.
MainOne called on forward-looking oil and gas industry players to gain competitive advantage by embracing digital transformation. According to the company, the collapse in global crude prices and effects on economy requires oil and gas companies to leverage today’s technologies to boost operational efficiency.
The MainOne executive cited critical trends in the industry such as the exponential increase in data creation, especially in upstream segments, decreasing onshore production, high security risk quotients and increasing community issues which impact negatively on uptime and reliability.
Key trends from advanced markets including adoption of Business Process Outsourcing and reliance on real-time data opens opportunities for Nigerian oil and gas companies to “have an opportunity to adopt similar strategies given the existing infrastructure and operational challenges.”