Subsea cable manufacturer JDR Cables has signed a 15 year lease with PD Ports at Hartlepool Dock, creating up to 80 new jobs.
The company will operate from a 100,000 sq ft factory on the deep water berth at the dock, as well as from an existing warehouse which will be converted into an umbilical manufacturing facility.
JDR chose the location as it allows cables to be spooled directly from the facility to offshore cable laying vessels moored on the nearby deep water quay, as well as installation reels up to 9.2m in diameter.
The company’s existing facility in Ely, Cambridgeshire, will continue to operate alongside the Hartlepool site and will be dedicated to work-over umbilical systems for deep water oil and gas projects, and other products that can be transported by road.
The new facility will allow the company to manufacture up to 2,200 tonnes of umbilical and subsea power cables a year.