African dream for cable firm

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A CABLE company is on a roll after winning a deal in Africa.

Hartlepool-based JDR has won a deal to provide more than six miles of cables for a shallow water project in Nigeria.

The deal involves the design and manufacture of two subsea power cables for Total Ofon Phase 2 project.

The contract was awarded by global subsea contractor Subsea 7 which is performing substantial works on the scheme.

The JDR Cables involvement includes two subsea power cables which are each more than three miles long.

It will also provide other equipment and connection boxes.

JDR is no stranger to working with Subsea 7 as it worked with the firm on a North Sea project off the coast of Holland.

JDR has also supplied subsea power cables for three previous Total projects off the shores of West Africa.

For the Ofon project the JDR engineering team developed a special cable design to ensure the cables remained stable on the bottom of the shallow waters where the cable will operate.

Gavin Rippe, sales director for JDR Cable Systems, said: “JDR is delighted to be again working with two of our existing clients in the offshore industry – Subsea 7 and Total.

“We know our state of the art Hartlepool manufacturing facility and the excellent delivery times if offers, was an important element of this contract win.

“Our Aftermarket Installation and Maintenance Service department (AIMS) will be mobilised to Nigeria to support the client’s offshore campaign.

“They provide 24/7 service through our global network of highly experienced and fully certified technicians.”

Antoine Legrand, for Subsea 7, said: “JDR showed the capacity to achieve the challenging schedule our project team requires, and have good experience of Total specifications and expectations.

“After careful evaluation we were pleased to place this contract with them.”

No further details of the size of the contract of whether it would create new jobs for the Hartlepool factory have been announced.