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  • Hydro Group and EnerMech join forces to develop new product innovation.

    [14 April 2015]
  • Graham Wilkie, Sales Director at Hydro Group click pic to view

    Subsea cable and connector specialist Hydro Group has teamed up with mechanical engineering group EnerMech to launch an innovative new product offering to the market.


    In response to significant customer demand, Hydro Group and EnerMech have combined expertise to deliver a new hydraulics hose product, offering lay-up and over-sheathing of hydraulic hoses for use in umbilical, topside and well intervention projects in the oil and gas industry. The partnership could generate in the region of £500,000 in the next 12 months.


    Graham Wilkie, Sales Director at Hydro Group said: “Building on three decades of proven capability and industry experience at Hydro Group, we know collaboration, diversification and innovation are key to surviving in challenging markets. Knowledge sharing with EnerMech has resulted in an important market offering which brings together expertise from both companies.”


    The bundled hose, which are available in ¼” to 2” size from Hydro Cable Systems, a Hydro Group company, integrate hydraulic components with electrical and fibre optic cables, resulting in a more compact and easier to handle assembly.


    Mr Wilkie continued: “The new hose bundles offer significant benefits to installers and users for flying lead, workover umbilicals, well intervention, Topside and BOP control and injection systems. The bundles also allow greater versatility when faced with awkward routing or high dynamic usage, and may incorporate strength members such as aramid braiding, steel wire central ropes and aramid central ropes to the customer’s specification.”


    EnerMech supplies a broad range of mechanical services to the international energy industry and has a 40 year heritage in hydraulic services including engineering and design, hydraulic component supply and hose integrity management.


    Gary McRobb, EnerMech Business Development Manager, said: “Innovation and offering integrated solutions for our global clients is a central tenet of everything we do at EnerMech. Together with Hydro Cables Systems we are able to provide full engineering support, sourcing and supplying hoses, including high specification hoses such as High Collapse Resistance (HCR), and can also supply fully fitted, flushed and pressure-tested umbilicals which can also be deployed onto a reeler at the customer’s request.”


    Further expanding the product offering and several recent increases to capabilities has meant the creation of new jobs for Hydro Group. Staff numbers at the firm’s Aberdeen base rose to over 100 for the first time this year and projected turnover for 2015 is predicted to rise by 12% from £9million thanks to increased development of new and existing markets.


    Hydro Group has seen a period of significant investment in new machinery, with this new capability allowing the company to extrude up to 120mm diameter over composite bundles or single hoses. Final produced lengths can be supplied from 50 to 2000 metres depending on the size of hose, number of components and the finished diameter of the umbilical.


    Mr Wilkie added: “Training and information transfer will be mutual between EnerMech and Hydro Cable Systems, for the benefit of customers and the market as a whole. Evolving our product offering in line with client demand is paramount and the new hose bundles, as an extension of our current products, represents significant growth potential.”


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


  • Hydro Group showcased new capabilities at Subsea Expo.

    [12 February 2015]
  • Hydro Group Expo. click pic to view

    Aberdeen based, Hydro Group Plc, a global designer and manufacturer of underwater cables and connectors for subsea, underwater, topside and onshore applications, unveiled new machinery and subsea cabling capabilities at the Subsea Expo in Aberdeen earlier this month.


    Hydro Group is the only company in Scotland with this bespoke subsea cabling offering that enables it to offer cable products to improve and support subsea operations. Showcasing these capabilities at Subsea Expo, the largest annual subsea event in Europe, provided the ideal platform to launch this new offering to the market.


    Graham Wilkie, Sales Director at Hydro Group said: “Having recently invested a six-figure sum on new state-of-the-art multi-layered steel armoured cabling machinery, it was important to identify the right opportunity to showcase this significant addition to our current capabilities and how this can enhance the quality of work we produce.


    “The Subsea Expo has grown significantly in recent years, and as an Aberdeen headquartered company that continues to develop products from prototype concept through to design and manufacture in Scotland, the show represented a good opportunity to bring these new capabilities to a large target audience.”


    Expanding the product offering and capabilities has also meant the creation of new jobs for Hydro Group. Staff numbers at the firms Aberdeen base have risen to over 100 for the first time and projected turnover for 2015 is predicted to rise by 12%, thanks to increased development of new and existing markets.


    Continuing Mr Wilkie said, “Having recently secured more than £2million worth of subsea contracts, thanks to existing and new capabilities, the Subsea Expo was an excellent opportunity to build on this success and demonstrate our extended product offering, that includes hose bundle assemblies, dynamic HV cable, vectran braiding and steel wire armouring for high strain applications for all electrical and fibre optic subsea applications.”


    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 manufacture the complete package including FAT at its state-of-the-art facilities in Aberdeen, Scotland; umbilical cables, electrical and optical connection systems / assemblies for data, power and signal transmission. The company's customer base include all blue chip and major operators and contractors in both domestic and international subsea markets.


  • Hydro Group Expands Capabilities with a £300,000 Investment.

    [19 January 2015]
  • Doug Whyte, Managing Director. The armouring wire layer being applied over the electrical cable click pic to view

    Aberdeen based, Hydro Group Plc, a global designer and manufacturer of 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, enabling the company to offer cable products which will improve and support subsea operations.


    The six-figure investment extends Hydro Group’s product line providing the company with armouring expertise, offering custom-designed single and multi-layered steel armoured cables in galvanised improved steel and corrosion resistant steels.


    Doug Whyte, Hydro Group 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.”


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


    Continuing Mr Whyte said, “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.


    “Expanding our technologies is something we pride ourselves on at Hydro Group, and with our two new armouring systems we will have the capability to enhance our clients operations going above and beyond expectations.”


    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 manufacture the complete package including FAT at its state-of-the-art facilities in Aberdeen, Scotland; umbilical cables, electrical and optical connection systems / assemblies for data, power and signal transmission. The company's customer base include all blue chip and major operators and contractors in both domestic and international subsea markets.