Nabors Industries Signs Agreement with Harris CapRock for VSAT Services to Iraq Land Sites

Top Quote Harris CapRock Communications, a global provider of fully managed communications for remote and harsh environments, has signed a two-year contract to provide Nabors Industries with satellite communications for multiple land rigs and a base office in Iraq. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) December 13, 2011 - Harris CapRock's Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT) services will provide Nabors personnel working on remote Iraq land drilling sites the ability to interconnect with the local base office and corporate headquarters.

    As its operations continue to grow and expand across the globe, Nabors requires an integrated communications platform that allows personnel to share critical information between their remote locations, regardless of what part of the world they may be in. A uniform communications solution through one partner provides Nabors personnel with a consistent user experience from one remote location to the next.

    "As we move into new regions, it's important that we receive the same level of quality and reliability consistently in our communications to provide real-time visibility to the well sites that we currently have in other areas where we operate," said Sri Valleru, chief information officer, Nabors Industries. "We need to help our operations personnel focus on what they are there to do, not worry about how to learn a new communications system or about the integrity of its reliability. Harris CapRock met our requirements with its global capabilities and was a natural fit for our team."

    Under the terms of the agreement, Harris CapRock will provide data transmission, Internet connectivity and ongoing service and support to sites throughout Iraq, with the potential for additional VSAT units to be secured in the future. This will allow Nabors personnel to share critical information, such as well site data, to and from the land rigs and the base office, and ultimately send data back to the Nabors corporate office in Houston, Texas. Harris CapRock will leverage its self-owned and operated teleports in Houston and Aberdeen, Scotland, to land communications traffic.

    The agreement represents an extension of Harris CapRock's existing relationship with Nabors. Currently, Harris CapRock provides Nabors with similar services in other parts of the world including one base office and two land rigs in Papua New Guinea, one offshore rig in Gabon and one offshore platform rig in Southeast Asia.

    Additionally, in 2010, Harris CapRock signed an agreement providing Nabors and its business unit, Canrig Drilling Technologies, with VSAT services to more than 378 land drilling rigs in North America. Provisions in the service agreement include broadband Internet, voice connectivity, corporate networking and real-time data to its personnel working at remote drilling sites. The contract came just one month after Harris CapRock launched FieldAccess™, its fully managed VSAT service designed uniquely for the land drilling market. FieldAccess was officially introduced to the market in August 2010. As a result of that service performance, Harris CapRock's partnership with Nabors has grown to include its Iraq operations.

    "We have worked with Nabors since 2004 on short-term drilling opportunities, and have provided services to other customers with Iraq activities since 2003," said Tom Eaton, president, Harris CapRock. "With our expanded portfolio and added focus on services to specifically meet the needs of land drilling clients, we are proud to support Nabors' growing operations in Iraq and elsewhere around the world."

    "The partnership we have with Harris CapRock is based upon proven experience providing services to our land drilling fleet," continued Valleru. "Harris CapRock's on-time deployment in the Nabors North America roll-out in 2010 influenced our decision to select the company again for the Iraq project. In addition, Harris CapRock's past experience supporting services in Iraq and internationally further builds upon its reputation of providing reliable, dependable services globally."

    Harris CapRock is currently supporting a number of active project sites in Iraq to aid customers with government and energy operations, providing a range of fully managed communication solutions and systems integration services.

    Harris CapRock Communications is a premier global provider of managed satellite and terrestrial communications solutions, specifically for remote and harsh environments including the energy, government and maritime markets. Harris CapRock owns and operates a robust global infrastructure that includes teleports on six continents, five 24/7 network operations centers, local presence in 23 countries, and over 275 global field service personnel supporting customer locations across North America, Central and South America, Europe, West Africa and Asia Pacific.

    About Harris Corporation
    Harris is an international communications and information technology company serving government and commercial markets in more than 150 countries. Headquartered in Melbourne, Florida, the company has approximately $6 billion of annual revenue and about 17,000 employees — including nearly 7,000 engineers and scientists. Harris is dedicated to developing best-in-class assured communications® products, systems, and services. Additional information about Harris Corporation is available at

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