First Subsea Opens New Cable Protection System Production Facility

Marking the next stage in its transition from oil and gas to becoming a leading supplier of cable protection systems (CPS) for fixed and floating offshore wind farms, First Subsea, has opened a dedicated CPS production facility in Lancaster, UK.

3 first subseaThe new facility will significantly increase the company’s ability to meet the growing need for reliable and long-lasting CPS systems for offshore wind development projects globally.   

Since initiating its business strategy in 2012, winning its first contract in 2015 and installing its first cable protection systems in 2017, First Subsea has progressively improved the CPS design with new materials and technical innovation.  The First Subsea vision, strategy and timing in developing the business plan for CPS and Renewables has been rewarded with significant contracts worth over £12 million to supply several offshore wind projects.

2 Fingertip control at FirstSubsea CPS facility mid resFingertip control of processing at First Subsea's new cable protection systems manufacturing facility.  

“Our approach to projects and the technical and performance advantages of our cable protection systems have proven decisive in winning new projects,” says John Shaw, managing director, First Subsea. “By opening a dedicated CPS facility, we bring together both manufacture, testing and verification within a single building ensuring product and quality consistency.”   

First Subsea – part of COP26

First Subsea’s success in transitioning its business from fossil fuels to renewable energy is part of the UK Government’s promotion of ‘green’ exporters during the COP26 event in Glasgow. The UK Export Finance (UKEF) video features in the launch of the UKEF Export Strategy aimed at encouraging more companies to develop their green credentials and win business in this growing sector.  

State-of-the-Art Cable Protection System

First Subsea Cable Protection System are used to protect electrical power export cables, and array cables, from overbending, abrasion and dropped objects as they emerge from the base of the monopile. They fulfil a vital role in protecting the fables from excessive movement due to the water current and scouring.