That was then, this is now

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Since Seaproof Solutions was acquired by Balmoral Offshore Engineering in April 2018 the company’s capabilities and ambitions have increased immeasurably.

While Bergen-based Seaproof Solutions had delivered more than 1500 patented cable protection systems to offshore wind farms around the world the joint benefits that the two companies provide is game changing and brings a host of ‘firsts’ to the offshore wind sector.

Well known for its fibre reinforced PU protective products Seaproof Solutions now has the full support of one of the most innovative companies operating in the specialised areas of subsea buoyancy, elastomer and insulation products.

Conquering challenges

Headquartered in Aberdeen and renowned for its pioneering approach, Balmoral Offshore Engineering has conquered many of the industry’s greatest challenges in terms of developing high technology products for the deepwater sector, from offshore West Africa to the ultra-deepwater fields of pre-salt Brazil.

It would be difficult to name a province that doesn’t benefit from Balmoral’s ground-breaking subsea technology – whether that is drilling or production buoyancy, cable protection, bend limiting or insulation equipment.

Balmoral’s commitment to materials and product innovation has made it the ‘go-to’ company for projects that require intelligent collaborative supplier input. The company’s reputation as a problem solver is recognised throughout the industry and its technical and engineering teams are frequently asked to attend early project meetings with operators and installation companies to identify potential win-win cost saving solutions.

Seaproof Solutions is now benefiting from this expertise; from Balmoral’s R&D labs and engineering design, through unrivalled manufacturing capabilities and capacities – as well as in-house subsea and mechanical testing – such comprehensive levels of service have never been seen before in this sector of the offshore renewables industry.

International capabilities

With this depth of knowledge, financial strength, ‘can-do’ attitude and manufacturing facilities in the UK and Norway, as well as a mobile production unit currently under development to meet increasing local content requirements, a hugely exciting future lies ahead for Seaproof Solutions and their clients.

If you would like to learn more about how Seaproof can help maximise your project’s potential, don’t hesitate to contact us on +47 55 33 20 50 or contact@seaproof.com.

Better still, come and see us in Aberdeen or Bergen. We’d be glad to show you round our industry-leading facilities.

Seaproof Solutions specialises in

·        Cable protection systems for offshore wind farms (CPS)

·        Fibre reinforced bend stiffeners

·        Ancillary protective products

An overview of cable protection systems for the offshore wind sector

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The early introduction of J-tubes on wind turbine monopiles allowed for rapid cable installation but the process ultimately proved to be expensive and slow. Such inefficiencies sparked the J-tubeless monopile installation that is now common throughout the industry.

Seaproof Solutions’ cable protection systems (CPS) benefit from the company’s patented fibre technology to provide protection from hang-off to burial point - from installation throughout the life of the project.

How Seaproof’s system works

The CPS comprises three elements; the foundation interface device (FID), dynamic polyurethane modules and cast iron articulated pipe.

The FID is typically 4m long and secures the CPS at the monopile foundation protecting the cable against overbending, sharp edges and pressure points.

Typically 4m long, the PU modules are deployed in 8-20m configurations to protect against cable fatigue, overbending, impact and abrasion in the free span section.

The cast iron elements, measuring 5-15m, stabilise the cable along the seabed protecting against overbending, impact and abrasion and continue this protection below the seabed.

CPS provides protection against

·                  Dynamic movement: wave and tidal, vortex induced vibration and free-hanging cable movement

·                  Impact: rock dumping, foreign objects and installation damage

·                  Stress points: Installation and extreme loads caused by storm conditions

·                  Seabed scouring: when local current conditions create ‘scour pits’ there is a danger of damage to the exposed free span cable

The system offers

·                  Dynamic and overbending protection along the full cable length

·                  A fully smooth internal surface ensuring lowest possible friction

·                  Mitigation of all loads

·                  Easy, lightweight transportation, handling and assembly

·                  Onshore or offshore installation options including diver-less

·                  25+ years’ design life

Key differentiators of the Seaproof cable protection system

·                  Uses minimal sub-components resulting in a smooth integrated finish, unlike others which generally have a more complex structure

·                  Increased fatigue protection is provided via additional stiffness over the entire length of the system

·                  Unique ROV removal capability

·                  Unique cable removal capability without disturbing CPS

Proven track record

Now part of UK offshore engineering specialist, Balmoral Offshore Engineering, ISO 14001-accredited Seaproof Solutions has safely and successfully delivered 1500 CPS to global projects from 4.5-9+MW in scale.

With the additional support of Balmoral’s advanced technical, manufacturing and testing capabilities, production can be carried out in both Norway and the UK to meet project-specific local content requirements.