Plans for £130m cable factory in the North East

A £130m factory making cables for offshore wind farms is to be built on the Northumberland coast, creating 170 new jobs and safeguarding another 270 in the region.

JDR Cable Systems, which already has sites in the North East at Newcastle and Hartlepool, wants to build the plant at Cambois, near Blyth, after receiving a grant to cover some of the construction costs from the Government’s Offshore Wind Manufacturing Investment Support scheme.

JDR and its parent company, the TFK Group, hope to raise the rest of the funding for the project from financial instutions and the Government’s UK Export Finance scheme.

When complete, it will be the only facility in the UK capable of producing high voltage subsea cables for offshore wind farms from start to finish, supporting the growing – and increasingly lucrative – renewable energy market.

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Global Startup Heat Map reveals UK Maritime Start up as One to Watch

HonuWorx develops Technology for Sustainable Subsea Operations

Conventional maritime operations, including debris and mineral recovery, are not sustainable over the long run. Robotic subsea solutions for inspecting underwater equipment in off-shore energy infrastructure or off-shore aquaculture farms, on the other hand, improve safety and minimize cost in a sustainable manner. To this end, startups and scaleups develop autonomous robotic solutions to facilitate efficient and effective subsea operations.

UK startup HonuWorx develops technology for sustainable subsea operations. The startup offers autonomous subsea robotic solutions that have applications in off-shore energy generation, marine debris recovery, deep-sea mineral recovery, and off-shore aquaculture. Moreover, the startup’s underwater vehicles and autonomous systems enable efficient and sustainable subsea inspection thereby reducing the impact on the marine ecosystem.

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