Not all projects are in urban areas, of course, but some are further out than others. Case in point, the $29.84 billion Wheatstone Project (29 billion Australian dollar), which is one of Australia’s largest resource projects. The LNG (liquefied natural gas) processing plant is situated in a remote area of Western Australia, making a fully integrated, voice, data, and video communications system vital to its smooth operation while providing information to workers wherever they are on-site.

To establish this communications infrastructure, Bechtel,, San Francisco, Calif., a global engineering, construction, and project management company, is partnering with Alcatel-Lucent,, Paris, France, to deliver essential communications and security systems for the Chevron-operated project. The systems will enhance operations and support the safety and security of the workforce during the construction and operation of the plant, and provide leisure facilities for employees living on the site. The Wheatstone Project is expected to create about 6,500 direct and indirect jobs during peak construction.

Alcatel-Lucent and Bechtel will provide local design, project management, and engineering and integration services for the Wheatstone network, with additional opportunities available for Australian construction, installation and testing suppliers. The contract is estimated to create about 50 new jobs in Australia, with work taking place in both Perth and Onslow.

The project is the largest of its type undertaken by Alcatel-Lucent globally. Under the project, Alcatel-Lucent will design, integrate, and deliver a complete communications, security and entertainment system, including broadband Internet and TV for the living areas, underpinned by multiple technologies and multiple vendors. The system will include an IP-based phone system for businesses, a broadcast system for fast emergency notification to the workforce and people in the surrounding area, satellite communications, structured cabling, video conferencing, radio systems, and communications tower, and an uninterruptible power backup system.