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8 February/March 2013 www.esb.ie/em Innovation Tanzania lights up Page 10 ESB Telecoms completes subsea fibre optic cable directly linking Irish businesses to major UK cities 8 ESB Telecoms Limited (ESBT) in partnership with Geo Networks Limited, a leading UK fibre network provider, recently completed a new optical fibre cable that directly links Irish businesses with major UK cities. The new cable connects ESBT's existing fibre network in Ireland with Geo's extensive UK fibre network. THIS SUBSEA cable, known as the Emerald Bridge Fibres Cable, will provide customers with an end-to-end fibre solution, allowing businesses in Ireland and the UK to connect directly through a single supplier. Using the shortest subsea route and most modern fibre technology, it provides virtually limitless capacity and best in class low latency bandwidth, futureproofed and 100Gbps capable for even the most demanding of requirements. Responding to growing demand for high capacity, scalable bandwidth between the UK and Ireland, the new fibre link is specifically optimised for heavy data users such as data centre operators, mobile and fixed line carriers, cloud providers and the digital, financial and high tech sectors. A number of multinational customers have already signed up to use the service. n "We are committed to leveraging our capability and assets to deliver value for customers," said John McSweeney, Head of Innovation at ESB. "The new fibre connection to the UK is a natural extension of ESB Telecom's existing fibre network. Companies based here can now directly connect to over 100 data centres and key internet exchanges in London and elsewhere in the UK through a single supplier. This is a huge boost to Ireland's communications infrastructure, which will help to attract high growth, data intensive companies to locate here.” Geo Chief Executive, Chris Smedley, added, "We are delighted to have completed the first fully diverse, Anglo-Irish cable system. The combination of network reach in the UK and Ireland, our commercial model, 10 years of service excellence and the design of this subsea connection will provide what we believe is the preferred choice for organisations looking to prioritise low latency, unlimited bandwidth and reducing their total cost of ownership. "The new cable completes Geo's East-West Ring, which allows customers on both sides of the Irish Sea to benefit from a single service provider offering a combination of two routes between the UK and Ireland. This diversity will provide unequalled resilience, unmatched in service availability." n ■ ESB International hosts annual conference ESB International’s annual conference was held in Croke Park on Friday December 14th ■ Tanzania lights up (l-r): Rory McGowan General Manager, ESB Telecoms and Mike Angier, Chief Operating Office, Geo Networks. (l-r): Rory McGowan and Mike Angier, Tina Pittock, Project Manager ESB Telecoms; Chris Smedley, Chief Executive, Geo Networks; Michelle Montayne, Account Manager ESB Telecoms and Joe Barrett, Project Director Geo Networks. SSE Generation awarded ESBI a contract to provide Owner’s Engineer Consultancy Support Services to the Great Island 460MW CCGT Project. ESBI IN KEEPING with ESBI’s strategy of increased growth in international and home markets, the following are some recent contract wins: • ESB International has been awarded a contract by SSE Generation for the provision of Owner’s Engineer Consultancy Support Services to (l-r): Denis O’Leary, Manager Smart Energy Technologies; Tom Bambury, Business Development Energy Services; Joe Barrett Project Director Geo Networks, Mike Angier and Chris Smedley, Chief Executive Geo Networks. of UK and Ireland conferences Members of the Ocean Energy Team speaking at conferences in February include (l-r):Technology Manager John Fitzgerald, Ocean Energy Manager Brendan Barry and Technology Integration Engineer Fergus Sharkey. 8 Renewable UK, the annual wave and tidal power generation conference of the ocean energy industry, takes place on Wednesday and Thursday February 27th and 28th. THE LONDON event will show- Since 2008, ESB International is delivering engineering consultancy services to a project which aims to advance the long-term development of the energy infrastructure and thereby improve the quality of the lives of the people of Tanzania. ■ Calculating the cost savings of an ecar Key objectives of the ecar Ambassador programme are to promote greater awareness about electric cars, promote the nationwide charging infrastructure and collect research data during the course of the programme ■ Impressions of the Doha: Climate Gateway ESB International highlights Ocean Energy on the agenda the Great Island 460MW CCGT Project. First mobilisation of ESBI staff took place in January 2013 and the company’s involvement will continue to project completion in mid-2014. • ESB International has been appointed to the Northern Ireland Electricity (NIE) High Voltage Substation Engineering Consultancy Services Framework for a period of three years. • Contract negotiations were completed in January to develop and provide consultancy services for the design and implementation of a centralised call centre and marketing department for Tanesco, Tanzania. This project is funded by the World Bank. • A contract was signed in late December with EirGrid for the replacement of a transmission structure on the Rafeen–Trabeg 110kV line. n Contents ❱❱ case the industry’s achievements over the past 12 months and ESB Ocean Energy has been invited to provide speakers for a number of key sessions. Ocean Energy Manager Brendan Barry will speak about the WestWave project and ESBI Carbon Solutions attended the recent international conference on climate change in order to better understand the longterm regulatory implications for ESB ESB’s role in the sector at the Strategic Initiative for Ocean Energy (SI-OCEAN) workshop. In addition, Ocean Energy Technology Manager John Fitzgerald will speak about the cost and performance requirements for ocean energy. In conjunction with these presentations, ESBI will have a presence in the exhibition area to further promote awareness about the services and expertise it offers to the wave and tidal power sectors. n Ocean Energy is participating in other industry events in February including a presentation by Fergus Sharkey for the Midlands Engineers Ireland group on the 25th and by John Fitzgerald for the Belfast IMechE group on the 13th. The topic of both presentations will be ‘Ocean Energy in Ireland’ with a focus on technical developments in recent years. http://www.esb.ie/em

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