Scots subsea specialists scoop share in £2.5m French wave-power project

Graham Wilkie, Sales Director at Hydro Group
Graham Wilkie, Sales Director at Hydro Group

Aberdeen-based subsea cable and connector specialist Hydro Group – alongside its French regional partner Wenex Equipments, which last year formed a Franco-Scottish consortium – has won a £2.5 million contract.

The project involves manufacturing and installation of the array cabling infrastructure on the SEM-REV marine renewable energy project offshore from the city of Le Croisic on the French Atlantic coast.

The consortium will supply and install the array cable, multi connection hub and interconnection necessary for the deployment of a network of floating and wave energy generating devices, with Hydro Group specifically supplying and supporting the installation of the array cable and connector sub-system for the wave energy test facility.

The consortium will also be working together with an additional Scottish supplier, Flowline Specialists, which will support the marine operations with cable handling and deployment equipment.

Awarded by Ecole Centrale Nates (ECN), the six month contract brings together a group of highly skilled companies led by ETPO (contract’s owner) comprising of Hydro Group, ETPO, Assystem, PSM, Tetis (ETPO subaquatic subsidiary) and Flowline Specialists.

Hydro Group will install its marine renewable connectors, Hydro Bond Renewable Connector (HRC), and Power Distribution Hub (PDH) at the site later this year.

Graham Wilkie, Sales Director, Hydro Group, said: “The project is a key offshore wave energy test site, and the consortium brings together first-class equipment, technology and expertise, all recognised by ECN as offering significant benefit and flexibility to its facility.

“We’re delighted to be part of this key project, and believe that showcasing our capabilities in a joint venture will enable us to further build on our global success as a market leader in subsea manufacture and solutions for international marine and renewable customers.”

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.

Hydro Group manufactures the complete package at its state-of-the-art facilities in Aberdeen, including umbilical cables, electrical and optical connection systems / assemblies for data, power and signal transmission.



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