Hydro Group invests £300,000 in new sub-sea cable-making equipment at Aberdeen factory for oil, gas, and renewables markets

Doug Whyte, Managing Director, Hydro Group
Doug Whyte, Managing Director, Hydro Group

Aberdeen based Hydro Group – which designs and manufactures underwater cables and connectors for subsea, underwater, topside and onshore applications – has boosted its portfolio with state-of-the-art machinery following a £300,000 investment.

The company has installed and commissioned an advanced armouring line at its facility in Bridge of Don, Aberdeen, offering custom-designed single and multi-layered steel armoured cables in galvanised improved steel and corrosion resistant steels.

Hydro Group employs around 100 full time staff in manufacturing umbilical cables, electrical and optical connection systems / assemblies for data, power and signal transmission. Customers include all blue-chip and major operators and contractors in the North Sea. It also provides sub-sea connectivity services for the wind and wave power generators.

Doug Whyte, Managing Director, said: “The new machinery is a significant addition to our current capabilities, as well as enhancing the quality of work we produce.

“The system will allow us to manufacture mechanically protected cables which can withstand higher stresses in subsea and defence operations, as well as contra-helical armoured subsea control cables, which act to neutralise the tension and compression forces that occur in the wires each time the cable is bent or flexed.”

The armouring wire layer being applied over electrical cable at Hydro Group
The armouring wire layer being applied over electrical cable at Hydro Group

Hydro Group is currently one of a very small number of companies in the UK which provides this technology, maintaining a competitive advantage as a premier provider of high performance subsea cable and umbilical products for the defence and energy sector.

Whyte added: “The installation is the first of two armouring lines with the second line, which will have greater capacity in size and overall lengths, being installed after completion of our facility extension later in the year.

Hydro Group is at the forefront in the development and innovation of subsea product technologies, with involvement from prototype concept through to design, manufacture and project management.

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