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JDR lands offshore Abu Dhabi power cable contract

U.K.-based JDR reports that it has been awarded a contract from Petrofac, an oilfield service entity, to design and manufacture five subsea power and communication (composite) cables and associated accessories for the Satah Al Razboot (SARB) package 3 project offshore of Abu Dhabi.

A press release said that Petrofac, which announced the contract for the development's offshore pipelines and platforms and associated facilities in April 2013, has "entrusted JDR, which has been involved since the early stages of the project, to deliver a comprehensive system that will enable power and communication between the field platforms by spring 2014." The project calls for JDR to deliver five subsea power cable that have a collective length of 55 km, including one that is 22-km long, as well as system accessories that include custom-designed terminations, cable hang-offs and pull-in heads. The field, it said, which is located 120 km northwest of Abu Dhabi, is being developed by the Abu Dhabi Marine Operation Company (ADMA OPCO).

JDR has already commenced work on the complex project at its Hartlepool facility, the release said. The power cable design incorporates numerous fiber optics that are specifically designed to operate in a high temperature environment, and JDR will also provide installation support and aftermarket services, including site acceptance testing, through its global network of AIMS technicians, it said. The project, it noted, represents Petrofac's first venture offshore in the UAE.

"Having partnered with Petrofac on previous projects, I believe JDR's latest contract reflects their trust in our ability to deliver comprehensive solutions for complex projects," said JDR CEO Andrew Norman. "Our design and manufacturing capabilities in subsea power cable design are second to none and our team at Hartlepool, which has already commenced work, looks forward to supporting Petrofac in delivering yet another successful project and on time."

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