More orders for cable firm

A CABLE firm has secured two new contracts as it continues to go from strength to strength.

Hartlepool-based JDR Cable Systems has clinched deals to provide the cables for one Dutch oil and gas field whose lifespan is being extended, as well as for the umbilical cables for another development.

Bosses say the work can be handled by the existing workforce at the Greenland Road plant.

One deal will see JDR handling a contract Subsea 7 for the Medway Development.

The Medway Development project aims to extend the life and increase production of the De Ruyter oil and gas field in Holland until 2020.

It is due on stream by the fourth quarter of this year.

The other deal comes from the Wintershall Netherlands organisation to provide cables for the Kotter field development in the Dutch sector of the North Sea.

Wintershall Netherlands chose JDR to supply two subsea production umbilicals. One will be six miles long and will link a platform to a manifold while the second will connect two manifolds to each other.

A spokesman for JDR said: “Both packages will be delivered in 2011 from JDR’s Hartlepool facility in the UK.”

The double boost is the latest positive development for JDR which, late last year, announced that it was significantly expanding its Hartlepool plant.

JDR makes cables for the world’s wind power turbines and a £27m investment means the firm can make high-voltage subsea cables weighing up to 4,000 tonnes.

The plant is the only one in the UK capable of making them.

The firm has around 70 staff members on its books at Hartlepool now and that will rise to 100 within the next 12 months.

Then, once the new facilities come on line, the numbers will rise to 150.