Hartlepool cable firm JDR reveals ‘game-changing’ product for the energy industry

Delegates at the JDR presentation day.
Delegates at the JDR presentation day.
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A flourishing Hartlepool firm has unveiled its latest technology - and described it as game-changing.

JDR Cables showed off its brand new high voltage product during presentations at Hartlepool College of Further Education. Customers and key supply chain partners were there to watch the unveiling.

This has provided confidence to customers that our 72.5kV cables are fully qualified to meet the future needs of the energy industry

James Young

JDR employs more than 200 workers at its Greenland Road site. It supplies cables, umbilicals and services for industries including offshore wind farms.

Bosses hailed the new inter-array cable as “pushing technology boundaries.” The innovative technology, they said, will be critical to support the offshore wind industry at a time when it was planning for increased power transmission between turbines at higher capacity offshore windfarms.

JDR has pioneered a cable which will help to bring down costs.

Chief technology officer James Young said: “JDR is pushing technology boundaries in the industry as we move to higher voltage energy networks. The development programme has involved collaboration with the full supply chain, developers and stakeholders.

“This has provided confidence to customers that our 72.5kV cables are fully qualified to meet the future needs of the energy industry.”

The latest boost comes just months after the Hartlepool Mail told of JDR’s five-year strategy. Chief operating officer Richard Turner said at the time that steady growth was envisaged in 2016 with “growth, development and expansion in 2017 and beyond”.

JDR expanded from 97,000 sq ft of warehouse space in 2008, to more than 280,000 sq ft now.