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31 January, 2019 - 09:40 By Kate Sweeney

Sepura clinches Shell windfall at Singapore petrochemicals plant

Cambridge UK CommsTech business Sepura has won a massive deal with Shell to supply advanced technology to a petrochemicals plant off Singapore.

Sepura is declining to disclose financial details but Business Weekly knows it is one of the company’s biggest deals ever – and especially so since being acquired by Chinese business Hytera.

The contract provides safe, cutting-edge telecoms for Shell’s Pulau Bukom manufacturing site –  an integrated oil and petrochemicals hub with manufacturing facilities for fuels, lubricant based oils and speciality chemicals.

Based on an island 5.5 km southwest of Singapore, it forms part of a group of islands that have been identified by the Singapore government for petrochemical industrial manufacturing.

Bukom is Shell’s largest wholly-owned refinery globally with a crude distillation capacity of around 500,000 barrels per day; it is Shell’s largest petrochemical production and export centre in the Asia Pacific region. 

Sepura successfully implemented a new TETRA system on the island with an employee based permanently on the site for maintenance and repairs.

Shell wanted to replace its existing analogue network to improve security, coverage and connectivity. The island covers 243 hectares – just under 600.5 acres – and as a major oil and petrochemical site the challenges were abundant.

Sepura implemented a TETRA-based solution for the site, covering the entire island as well as the ferry terminal and remote docking buoy.

Since communication is a critical component in Bukom, Sepura has deployed a dedicated team of local engineers to provide 24/7 all year round to support the TETRA radio system.

Preventive maintenance is carried out quarterly to ensure that system health is maintained by pre-emptively arresting issues before it happen. Shell has contracted Sepura to deliver a multi-year managed service to ensure the safety and efficiency of the site and associated operations.

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