Satellite TV For Oil Rig Offshore

ACUTEC and Broadcast Services Australia (BSA) recently completed supply and installation of a Sea Tel 5004 1.2m TV stabilised satellite TV antenna aboard the semi-submersible oil drilling rig NAN HAI VI.

Located in the Kuda Tasi oil field 200km from the East Timor coast, the new ACUTEC Sea Tel antenna along with the BSA TV distribution system provides a reliable digital TV and radio service for the drilling rig personnel. This is despite its location well outside the satellite coverage footprint for a 1.2m dish. This is due mainly to the efficient design and superior tracking performance of the Sea Tel system.

Part of a project undertaken for Woodside Petroleum, the new TV system is improving life on-board by providing rig staff with full access to Digital Satellite TV services. Many companies involved in oil & gas operations are striving to develop their offshore communications infrastructure to go beyond traditional maritime operations and safety requirements. Operators see satellite-enabled entertainment, low-cost crew calling and broadband internet as essential to improve staff moral and therefore staff retention.

ACUTEC is a member of the global network of Sea Tel agents and specialises in the supply and support of satellite TV, VSAT and internet services to the offshore oil and gas industry as well as other maritime markets. For more information, please go to, contact
or call +61 2 8206 9578. For information on Broadcast Services Australia, visit their website at

ACUTEC is a member of the global network of Sea Tel agents. Specialists in maritime satellite services, we offer a range of hardware, airtime and maintenance support services for the super-yacht, offshore, government and commercial maritime industries. For more information, please go to, contact or call +61 2 9045 9300.

About the author

Jonathan is a professional engineer with a passion for all things maritime electronics. He founded Acutec Systems in 2004 and continues to lead the teams in Europe and Australia, delivering communications, entertainment and IT solutions for vessel operators.

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