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OMM completes cable installation of EBFL cable system between the UK and Ireland

 
By:  26 February 2013
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OMM complete cable installation project for EBFL.

OMM, a leading independent services provider to the renewables, telecoms and hydrocarbon industries, has just completed the installation of a 117 kilometre optical fibre submarine cable for Emerald Bridge Fibres Ltd (EBFL), a joint venture between Geo Networks Ltd (Geo), a leading fibre network provider and Ireland's leading wholesale telecom provider EBS Telecoms Ltd. 

The 96 fibre subsea link provides a new and direct low latency route from Portmarnock, Ireland to Porth-Y-Post, Wales.

OMM was fully responsible for the marine delivery of this challenging project and provided expert management and consultancy services during execution of the marine works. OMM provided a full range of turnkey services to ensure successful installation. Rob Grimmond, Managing Director, said '' this was an important major project to the diversity of OMM's capability and flexibility''.

OMM's participation in this project commenced at an early stage with review of the initial route design and survey data before advising on the development of the route. In addition to full project management of the marine installation, OMM delivered a number of key packages including route deviation surveys; pre-lay grapnal services and the installation of a pre-laid shore end. Further services provided to EBFL by OMM included but only the installation of the submarine cable itself but also supporting works covering assistance with permitting; inshore and offshore burial; cable protection using ducting and articulated piping; jointing and system testing. Project final deliverables were completed using OMM's in house resources to meet EBFL's needs for reporting, charting and digital video. 

As Principal Contractor, OMM was responsible for all Health, Safety and Environmental activities and is pleased to report that the project was successfully delivered with no lost time incidents recorded. 

''The skills and experience of the Offshore Marine Management team were crucial to delivering this challenging project'' says Eckhard Bruckschen, OMM Operations Director. ''Our ability to assess, organise and adapt as a project progresses and changes through its life cycle, using innovative approaches and methods of delivery, is a key strength of our team.''

'A cable system designed and installed to the highest standards of quality and integrity is of the upmost importance to Emerald Bridge Fibre Limited and our customers. We chose OMM with this at the forefront of our minds and they did not let us down, meeting our exacting standards in full while delivering within budget.' Mike Ainger, EBFL Director. 

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