UK-based supplier of subsea umbilicals JDR has launched a new horizontal lay-up machine (HLM) at its Hartlepool manufacturing facility.

With the new machine, the company will be able to provide the next-generation of safe subsea connectivity to the oil and gas sectors.

The HLM technology has been installed for subsea umbilicals, and will provide increased manufacturing capacity. In particular, it improves solutions to clients’ operational challenges for complex steel tube, as well as power umbilicals.

The technology launch is part of JDR’s ongoing Hartlepool expansion in an effort to better serve its growing oil and gas client base. 

JDR CEO David Currie said: "We’re proud to be leading the way in subsea technology innovation. The HLM will nearly double our production capacity.

"The HLM will nearly double our production capacity."

"We’re committed to offering unrivalled technical expertise to design, test and deliver the next generation of subsea technology to the global offshore energy industry.

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"The HLM will enable us to enhance our capabilities to manufacture steel, thermoplastic and hybrid umbilicals for complex, future subsea projects."

JDR said that around 70% of global subsea developments require steel tube umbilicals, which link subsea product systems and remote control, power, communications and chemical supply.

Image: JDR’s new horizontal lay-up machine (HLM). Photo: courtesy of JDR Cable Systems Ltd.