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JDR Cables, in Hartlepool, works on Satah Al Razboot project
A POWER cable maker has strengthened its position in the offshore energy industry after winning a contract to work on a major oil field development.
JDR Cables, based in Hartlepool, is making five subsea power and communication cables for the Satah Al Razboot project, off the Abu Dhabi coast, in the United Arab Emirates.
The company, which employs about 160 workers, is working with leading oil field service firm Petrofac, and is expected to bring power to the development by next Spring.
JDR, who earlier this year said it would invest in its Hartlepool site after it was awarded cash from a flagship Government enterprise fund, will deliver 55km of cables to the Abu Dhabi Marine Operation Company development.
The company says the cable will include a number of fibre optics designed to operate in high temperatures, and it will also provide installation and maintenance services.
Andrew Norman, JDR chief executive, said: “We are delighted to be working with Petrofac on their first venture offshore in the United Arab Emirates.
“Having partnered with Petrofac on previous projects, this latest contract reflects their trust in our ability to deliver comprehensive solutions for complex projects.
“Our design and manufacturing capabilities in subsea power cable design are second to none and our team at Hartlepool, which has already started work, look forward to supporting Petrofac in delivering another successful project.”
The contract is further success for the company, which secured a £113,000 deal in July to help set up the UK as a global renewable energy hub, and was awarded Government regional growth fund cash.
At the time, bosses revealed it was working on a project alongside Spanish firm Tecnalia and Hexham-based PDL Solutions to design and develop smart cable technology, which will look at cable performances and aims to cut energy costs.
That deal is part of a wider £2.8m scheme set up by The National Renewable Energy Centre (Narec), in Blyth, Northumberland, which has been backed by £1.39m from the European Regional Development Fund Competitiveness Programme.
The company also sent more than 200km of cables to the £1.9bn 175-turbine London Array development, and previously carried out a £30m expansion of its Hartlepool plant to bid for larger contracts on cables for wind turbines and the oil and gas industry.
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