Oil & Gas 2017-10-19T15:19:15+00:00


WFN Strategies is a leading supplier of consultancy services for telecommunications systems for the oil & gas industry worldwide. We work with many of the world’s leading energy companies to achieve value and high performance. Our clients receive reliable, cost-effective, quality advice based on proven methodologies, efficient tools, and stable architectures. We have provided telecoms support worldwide for oil & gas projects in Angola, Australia, Azerbaijan, Brunei, Egypt, Ghana, the Gulf of Mexico, the North Sea, Papua New Guinea, Russia, Trinidad, and the USA, including California, Colorado, New Jersey, Oklahoma, Texas, Wyoming, and Prudhoe Bay, Alaska.

Submarine Cable

WFN Strategies designs, engineers and implements submarine optical cable systems for oil & gas clients. These cable systems link conventional fixed platforms, compliant towers, vertically moored tension leg and mini-tension leg platforms, spars, semi-submersibles, floating production, storage, and offloading facility and sub-sea completion and tie-backs.

Terrestrial Cable

WFN Strategies designs, engineers and implements terrestrial optical cable systems for oil & gas clients. These cable systems link critical production and back-haul infrastructure for terrestrial and offshore application.


WFN Strategies designs, engineers and implements microwave, broadband wireless, land mobile, trunked radio and WiMAX systems for oil & gas clients. These systems include point-to-point inter-platform links, as well as fixed terrestrial facilities.

WFN Strategies accomplishes for Oil & Gas clients Due Diligence and System Valuation of submarine cable systems, performing all activities necessary through our Subject Matter Experts to evaluate the subject system and provide our client with the confidence to move ahead with the project. We can determine the fair market value of the tangible assets of a system, using information previously provided by the client plus additional information gleaned from the market compared with our proprietary Submarine System Cost Estimating Tool.

WFN Strategies’ performs for Oil & Gas clients design and engineering of fiber cable routes and microwave communication paths. Decades of experience in telecommunications, hydrographic survey, mapping, and software development are combined to automate the engineering and budgetary analysis process. A unique feature of the microwave path analysis software is its ability to work worldwide, including the North and South poles, a feature not found in any other commercially-available software. Cable analysis can be performed worldwide, generating 3-D cable lengths and profiles using high-resolution bathymetry/topography.

We create feasibility and desktop studies from which system architectures are developed. We provide site surveys during the process of developing the final system engineering.

We possess the capability to deliver any type of GIS product worldwide. Detailed spatial datasets and associated metadata are gathered, quality controlled, and merged in to spatially-enabled SQL databases that can be used as-is or exported to industry standard formats. Satellite and seabed imagery, along with other specialized raster datasets can be analyzed to include vector feature extraction, raster object detection and thematic texture analysis. We utilize in-house spatial databases and automated mapping software to produce specialized GIS products like alignment charts, 3-D animations/fly-through, and interactive web maps.

WFN Strategies develops for Oil & Gas clients the telecoms engineering definition in a Front-end Engineering and Design (FEED) phase of a project, resulting where the operator can issue an EPC / turnkey Invitation to Tender. We develop project cost estimates and execution strategy in readiness for final investment decision.

We engineer submarine and terrestrial optical cable, satellite and RF systems, including microwave, broadband wireless, WiMAX and trunked radio. We prepare detailed engineering designs to transform theoretical telecom system architectures and concepts into real-world solutions. Such engineering designs include the necessary components for an integrated system solution for projects of local, regional, and international scope.

Our engineers review the technology options for a planned infrastructure, identify key factors driving the selection of the technology and recommend the technology to be used. Other technology related decisions are then made, including the fiber count to be included in a prospective cable, the initial and ultimate bandwidth requirements, potential expansion to other assets over the life of the system, and the location and function of network managers.

WFN Strategies develops for Oil & Gas clients telecoms procurement strategies and provides associated acquisition support. We develop critical acquisition strategy, create the necessary procurement documents, and manage the purchasing process from release of the call for bids, through tender evaluation and negotiation of Best and Final Offers, to final contract award. We provide the system and other infrastructure with a detailed Bill of Materials with budgetary pricing called a Provisioning or Pricing Schedule. For a submarine cable system this may include the physical plant (cable & housings, terminal station equipment, etc.) and services (system engineering, project management, system assembly and test, etc.). We can then negotiate a positive outcome.

WFN Strategies provides Oil & Gas owner’s representative support during the development of final system engineering, and supervises marine and terrestrial surveys, civil works, wet and dry plant manufacturing, and marine and terrestrial installation.

We are BOSIET/T-BOSIET trained with appropriate TWIC vetting. We have developed tablet tools, video and superior digital reporting for in-field operations, as well as created enhanced web-based customer communications and Quality Control of representation efforts. We initiated the management and delivery of all representation reports into a single cohesive, integrated company capability, which can be updated, modified and reproduced as projects and Oil & Gas customers require.

WFN Strategies develops system strategy, plans and manages the acquisition process, and then oversees the implementation phase of telecoms supply contracts, including the vital area of developing standards and specifications for system design, construction, and maintenance.

We implement and supervise diverse projects worldwide, on time and within budget. We develop testing, commissioning and acceptance plans and procedures, and provide QA/QC and customer representation and schedule coordination of vendor activities. We review all aspects of a project and determine whether adequate measures are in place to ensure that the overall project objectives can be met. Such activities involve either the performance of source inspection or source surveillance, or the performance of quality duties with a certain standard of care. We also supervise wet and dry plant manufacturing, and testing and commissioning for system acceptance.

We analyze Oil & Gas customer network requirements and develop business plans that secure project approval and financing, and develop Construction & Maintenance Agreements for system consortia. We develop the standards and specifications for system maintenance, as well as solicit, adjudicate and negotiate maintenance coverage for our customers’ systems.

We develop the requirements for maintenance operations, including routine maintenance, crossing agreement management, troubleshooting/fault isolation and location, repair dispatch and monitoring, fault resolution, and records updates. We develop preventative maintenance practices both locally and internationally, which raise awareness and minimize risk to of our Oil & Gas customers’ systems.




BP GoM is North America’s first-ever 1,200 km repeatered submarine fiber optic network connecting eight offshore platforms of Main Pass 260, Marlin, Horn Mountain, Na Kika, Thunder Horse, Atlantis, Mad Dog and Holstein in the Gulf of Mexico with an RFS of 2009.