North East engineering firm builds ‘world-first’ test rig

North East engineering firm builds ‘world-first’ test rig

Offshore engineering specialist Osbit has built a test rig, the first of its kind in the world, which will help improve the performance and reliability of subsea cables in the offshore renewables sector.

Built for the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult, the 15-tonne cable fatigue test rig will support the development of the electrical infrastructure crucial to the reliable operation of offshore wind farms.

The offshore renewables sector has identified cables as an important area for technological improvement, as wind farm projects move further from the shore and are subjected to harsher conditions.

Other North East companies including SWEL Engineering, Metal Fabrication Systems, Stockton Machine Company, North View Engineering and Durham Sheet Metal contributed to the rig's fabrication with electrical, mechanical and hydraulic designs.

Brendon Hayward, managing director of Osbit, said "We are pleased to deliver a bespoke testing system to support ORE Catapult in advancing the global development of subsea cables. This project is a great case study showing how we employ our risk-mitigating programme delivery system to develop appropr....

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