Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Jobs Boost as Cable Firm Moves into Port

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Jobs Boost as Cable Firm Moves into Port

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Byline: By KAREN McLAUCHLAN

TEES Valley's offshore sector has been bolstered by news of another global specialist setting up in the region, creating 80 jobs.

JDR Cables, which manufactures cable systems for the oil, gas and windfarmindustry, is to be based at the deep water berth at Hartlepool Dock. The 100,000sq ft manufacturing operation will be created by conversion of an existing warehouse facility at the site.

PD Ports has signed a 15-year lease with JDR.

Martyn Pellew, managing director of PD Ports, said: "This is a positive, long-term deal with a new customer who has shown a real commitment to Hartlepool. It will create opportunities for the local supply chain and, more immediately, contractors and builders will be needed to convert the warehouse into a manufacturing facility. Hartlepool Port is turning into a centre of excellence for the offshore industry.

"It is supporting the industry in its attempts to find new ways of extracting reserves."

Today's news comes only weeks after rig design company RDS announced it was creating a base at Wynyard Business Park near Stockton - creating up to 200 jobs. The announcement is the latest good news for the offshore sector, which has been transformed from doom to boom in the past decade.

The new site will enable JDR Cables to manufacture umbilical and subsea power cables weighing up to 2,200 tonnes. JDR's existing facility in Ely, Cambridgeshire, which will run in addition to the new Hartlepool facility, will be dedicated to work-over umbilical systems for deep water oil and gas projects and other products that can be transported by road.

JDR selected the Hartlepool site because of its close proximity to a deep water quay.

This will allow cables to be spooled directly from the manufacturing facility to offshore cable laying vessels moored on the nearby deep water quay, as well as installation reels up to 9.2m in diameter.

Michael McConnell, property director of PD Ports, said: "The town has a long-standing history with the offshore sector and is home to various major facilities serving the offshore industry. …

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