SUBSEA cable manufacturer JDR has secured a contract for a West African deepwater oil project.

The Hartlepool-based firm has won the work from Royal Niger Emerging Technologies, a Nigerian oil and gas service firm, in what has been described by the client as ‘the first step in a bold move’ for Nigerian umbilical technology and services.

JDR will supply steel tubing and umbilicals, producing the components that house hydraulic controls, chemical hoses, low voltage signal cables and chemical supply lines. The equipment will be delivered to the Abo field in the first part of 2015.

The umbilical will connect an existing Subsea Distribution Unit (SDU) to a new well through the use of two umbilical termination units (UTA).  JDR will manufacture and load-out the umbilical on a 9.2m installation reel from their deep-water, quayside facility in Hartlepool.

The project will provide a training ground for Nigerian nationals in the integration, testing, installation and commissioning of umbilicals. The Nigerian trainees will travel to the Hartlepool facilities for the project.

Pat Herbert, executive chairman and chief executive officer at JDR, said: “We are very happy to be a part of this deep-water project.  “This is a testament to our umbilical engine.  0ering and manufacture strength and we hope this project is one of many in West Africa.”

A statement from Royal Niger said: “We see this contract as the first step in a bold move to domicile umbilical technology and services in Nigeria through the effective collaboration with JDR to deliver the umbilical product and technology transfer to the Nigerian market.”

Abo is Nigeria’s first deep water oil field located in the south eastern part of Oil Mining Lease (OML) 125, which is in water depths up to 780 meters.