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Innovative new products, technologies and concepts
Balmoral FibreFlex Cable Protection System
Much of the technology being used protection is Balmoral, which has The ? ber-reinforced system me- by the offshore wind sector is derived adapted its polyurethane design engi- chanically locks to the end connectors from the traditional offshore energy neering and manufacturing capabilities removing the need to rely on PU bond- arena, particularly where subsea-related to develop a high performing cost-ef? - ing, which is notoriously unpredictable, product solutions are required and, with cient patented CPS solution: Balmoral while providing train and stiffness well documented cable failures eating FibreFlex. levels that are unachievable using tradi- up substantial resources, both in terms “Our technical and engineering teams tional solid PU manufacturing methods. of cash and time. High performance have created a unique solution that is These innovations also contribute to cable protection systems (CPS) can designed to provide maximum perfor- greatly increased fatigue life.
play a key role in failure mitigation. mance for life of ? eld installations,” “Our system provides an increase in
One company that has taken a dif- said Fraser Milne Balmoral’s engineer- axial tension capacity by a factor of ferent approach to offshore wind cable ing and projects director. two while controlling axial elongation,” said Milne. “It also increases bend stiffness by a factor of 1.5 allowing improved control and reduction in the cable’s maximum bend radius within a slimline pro? le.”
Balmoral says FibreFlex’s long-term creep performance is a substantial im- provement on traditional cable protec- tion while bending and axial stiffness is optimised without having to qualify alternative PU materials.
Balmoral’s 40-year track record of
FibreFlex high providing tried, tested and proven sub- performance sea protection products is set to bene? t ? ber-reinforced the global offshore wind sector with cable protection the company recently achieving the system.
sought-after Fit 4 Offshore Renewables (F4OR) accreditation.
OSIL Bags Dredge Monitor Network Deal
Ocean Scienti? c International Ltd. (OSIL) won a con- tract for the supply of a network of dredge monitoring buoys. The Tern buoy hull design incorporates a stainless steel sub frame with a moon pool for instrument protec- tion, and its modular manufacture makes the buoy easy to ship and assemble on-site following delivery. The 12 buoys are set up to communicate via Iridium SBD with an onboard GSM option to further reduce operational costs when the buoys are moved closer inshore as the project progresses. These buoys will join a large number of existing OSIL dredge monitoring networks, with more than 500 data buoy systems now installed worldwide.
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