UK oil major, BP has renewed its communications contract to the UK’s Hermes Datacomms, to provide to support at its Rumaila oilfield operations in the south of Iraq.

As well as support for very small aperture terminal (VSAT) communications, Hermes will continue support degassing stations, rigs and static life support camps, according to a 27 June press release.

The renewed contract includes the additional bandwidth to the South and North Rumaila sites to offer load sharing. The company will use a separate satellite provider, Yamal 200 to ensure complete independence from their existing link.

Hermes did not disclose the value of the contract.

BP leads the development of the 18 billion barrel Rumaila oil field in consortium with China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) and state-owned South Oil Company. In February, it awarded a contract to Australia’s Worley Parsons for conceptual designs and front-end engineering and design for the field (MEED 20:2:11).