Bridon launches factory for world's largest and most complex offshore ropes
IPSWICH, England -- Industry leaders assembled in Northern England earlier this week to watch UK Business Minister Michael Fallon open a facility that will manufacture the world’s largest ropes for the offshore oil and gas industry.
The event marked the commencement of manufacturing at Bridon Neptune Quay (BNQ), a state-of-the-art factory constructed by Bridon International which will produce the largest and most complex offshore ropes in the world. The facility will have the capacity to produce highly engineered ropes in package weights of 650 tonnes, boasting enhanced breaking loads, optimised bend fatigue performance, effective lubrication, and minimal rotation under load.
The occasion was marked by the switching-on of the factory’s rope-closing machine, which is the largest of its kind in existence. The machine, which was constructed to a unique specification by German engineering company SKET, will allow the company to produce far more complex ropes than had ever previously been possible with such weights. Pulling the lever to activate the machine was UK Business Minister Michael Fallon, who praised Bridon for establishing a global technology leadership position through its consistent investment in innovation.
Accompanying Bridon Chief Executive Jon Templeman at the event were a host of senior industry figures including Certex CEO Peter Keith and NOV Cranes Division Head Oddvar Hoydal, who noted how Bridon’s highly engineered ropes could improve their companies’ heavy lifting and deepwater deployment capabilities.
In addition to the switching-on of the facility’s rope-closing machine, the opening event offered a range of technical seminars for attending industry leaders, designed to demonstrate Bridon’s unique services offering. Focused on ensuring customers get the most out of Bridon’s highly complex ropes, this package provides tailored support throughout a rope’s development, installation and application.
The Bridon Neptune Quay factory is already operational. The factory’s portside location, along with its Takeup Stand for lifting reels directly from dock to vessel, will help Bridon to significantly improve logistics.
Bridon Group Chief Executive Jon Templeman said: “We have worked closely with customers to understand the challenges they face in reaching greater depths in some of the toughest conditions on earth; thanks to this collaborative approach, ropes constructed at Bridon Neptune Quay will not only be the most advanced in the world, but will also be uniquely tailored to tackle 21st century offshore challenges”.
Business and Enterprise Minister Michael Fallon said: “As a growing manufacturing company, Bridon is exactly the sort of firm the Regional Growth Fund was set up to support. I’m very pleased that we have been able to provide them with £2.2 million to help open this state of the art new facility.”
Peter Keith, Group MD CERTEX Division, said: “We are particularly excited about the complexity of the ropes that will be manufactured at Bridon Neptune Quay, as well as their enhanced bend fatigue life and reduced rotation and elongation."